Six missing after U.S. military aircraft crash off Japan

6 December 2018

Six U.S. Marines were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan on Thursday involving two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. They may have collided mid-air during a refueling exercise gone wrong, U.S. officials said. The Marine Corps said in a statement that the incident occurred around 2 a.m.in Japan on Thursday.

Japan's defense ministry said that its maritime forces had so far rescued one of the seven Marines. The rescued person had been on the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, and was in stable condition at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japanese Defense Minister told a news conference. Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, U.S. and Japanese officials said.