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Search underway after 2 Marine aircraft crash off coast of Japan

Search underway after 2 Marine aircraft crash off coast of Japan

Japanese and USA officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are underway.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap".

The aircraft were identified as a KC-130-a plane involved in aerial refueling-and an F/A-18 Hornet-a twin engine fighter jet. Very few details have been made public in the initial Corps news release.

Japanese search and rescue aircraft have responded to the incident.

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United States officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said one of the aircraft was an F/A 18 fighter jet while the other was a KC-130 refuelling aircraft, with a combined total of seven personnel aboard. It was not clear how many people were aboard either of the aircraft.

They also said they were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play.

The statement concluded by saying that "the investigation is ongoing" and "no other information is yet available".


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