U.S. warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

U.S. warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

According to US media reports, there were two crew on the fighter jet and five personnel on the tanker plane.

A search and rescue operation was underway off the coast of Japan after two Marine Corps aircraft crashed, military officials said.

The Marine Corps said in a statement the incident occurred around 2 a.m. local time in Japan (1700 GMT Wednesday) about 200 miles (322 km) off the Japanese coast.

The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts.

It is unclear whether U.S. military officials are also assisting with the search.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima and were carrying seven personnel, Marines officials said.

It was not clear immediately clear whether the aircraft collided while crossing in the air, or if the KC-130 was in the process of refueling the Hornet when the incident occurred.

An anonymous United States official said that one of the aircrafts was an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.

Rescuers found one of seven crew members, who were on-board the plans, in a stable condition and are still searching for the others, officials said.

A Marine Corps KC-130 is seen in this 2016 photo.

It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.

The US has more than 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, more than 18,000 of them in the US Marine Corps.

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