1 dead, 5 miss­ing in mil­i­tary crash

Two U.S. war­planes col­lided and crashed off Ja­pan’s coast early Thurs­day. One crew mem­ber sur­vived.

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TOKYO — One of two crew mem­bers re­cov­ered after two U.S. war­planes col­lided and crashed off Ja­pan’s coast early Thurs­day is dead and five oth­ers re­main miss­ing, the U.S. mil­i­tary said.

The Ma­rine Corps said the other re­cov­ered crew mem­ber was in fair con­di­tion. It said an F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet and a KC-130 Her­cules re­fu­el­ing air­craft col­lided dur­ing train­ing at about 2 a.m. after tak­ing off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The seven crew mem­bers in­cluded two in the F/A-18 and five in the KC-130.

The Marines said the two planes were in­volved in rou­tine train­ing, in­clud­ing ae­rial re­fu­el­ing, but that it was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing what was hap­pen­ing when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

The crash took place 200 miles off the coast, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. mil­i­tary. Ja­panese of­fi­cials said it oc­curred closer to the coast, about 60 miles, and that’s where the search and res­cue mis­sion found the two crew mem­bers.

Ja­pan’s Mar­itime Self-De­fense Force, which dis­patched air­craft and ves­sels to join in the search op­er­a­tion, said Ja­panese res­cuers found one of the crew from the fighter jet in sta­ble con­di­tion. The Marines said the crew mem­ber was taken to a hospi­tal on the base in Iwakuni and was in fair con­di­tion, but did not pro­vide any other de­tails.

Ja­pan’s coast guard also joined the search.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald tweeted on Thurs­day that his thoughts and pray­ers are with the Ma­rine Corps crew mem­bers in­volved in the col­li­sion. He thanked the U.S. Forces in Ja­pan for their “im­me­di­ate re­sponse and res­cue ef­forts” and said “What­ever you need, we are here for you.”

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