ONE DEAD, 5 MISS­ING AF­TER 2 U.S. WAR­PLANES CRASH OFF JAPAN COAST

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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.”

Pho­tos by Ky­odo News via AP

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.

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