2 U.S. war­planes crash off Ja­pan; 1 dead, 5 miss­ing

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By Mari Ya­m­aguchi

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 in a state­ment that 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 320 kilo­me­ters (200 miles) off the coast, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. mil­i­tary. Ja­panese of­fi­cials said it oc­curred closer to the coast, about 100 kilo­me­ters (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.

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