U.S. marines missing after aircraft 'mishap' off Japan

U.S. marines missing after aircraft 'mishap' off Japan

U.S. marines missing after aircraft 'mishap' off Japan

Rescue operations are underway off the coast of Japan for survivors of an aviation "mishap" during a training exercise, according a statement by the United States marines. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition.

It was not immediately clear which aircraft the rescued Marine was on.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A 18, carrying a total of seven personnel, USA media quoted officials as saying.

There is no official word on where the incident took place.

The Marine Corps says the incident involved an F/A-18 jet and a refueling plane that had taken off from a base on Okinawa for a regularly scheduled training mission.

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The KC-130 is an extended-range tanker version of the C-130 and is used for mid-air refuelling.

A total of seven personnel were believed to be on board the two aircraft, according to ABC News' Elizabeth McLaughlin.

The last major USA military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board. Two aviators were on the F/A-18 Hornet, while five Marines were on the KC-130.

Two United States Marine aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

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