Marine rescued after 2 military aircraft crash off coast of Japan

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2018

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely.

Six U.S. military personnel were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday involving two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, which may have crashed in mid-air, U.S. officials said.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.


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

"We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation", the Marines said.

"Two Marine Corps aviators were administratively disciplined following the completion of an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding an October 23 irregular flight pattern that resulted in an obscene image", said Maj.


A total of seven personnel were believed to be on board the two aircraft, according to ABC News' Elizabeth McLaughlin. Officials said the information was provided by the US side.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan.


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