ONE DEAD, 5 MISSING AFTER 2 U.S. WARPLANES CRASH OFF JAPAN COAST
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. 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.”
A U.S. Marine Corps’ KC-130 refueling plane.
An F/A-18 jet is seen at United States Marine Corps air station in Iwakuni, western Japan.