TWO U.S. WAR­PLANES CRASH OFF JA­PAN; 1 CREW DEAD, 5 MISS­ING

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Tokyo — One of two crew mem­bers re­cov­ered after two U.S. war­planes col­lided and crashed off Ja­pan’s coast has died and five oth­ers re­main miss­ing, the U.S. mil­i­tary said. The Ma­rine Corps said the other re­cov­ered crew mem­ber was in fair con­di­tion. Both were in an F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet that col­lided with a KC-130 Her­cules re­fu­el­ing air­craft dur­ing train­ing about 2 a.m. Thurs­day after tak­ing off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The five oth­ers were in the KC-130. The Marines said in a state­ment that the two planes were in­volved in rou­tine train­ing but that it was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing what caused the crash.

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