TOKYO – A marine tanker and a fighter plane collided and crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the southwest coast…
TOKYO – A marine tanker and a fighter plane collided and crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the southwest coast of Japan early on Thursday and rescue officials found two relevant crew members, officials said. One was in stable condition, the authorities said.
Search and rescue operations continued for five others.
US Marine Corps said the crash at 2 o’clock was involved in a F / A-1
8 fighter aircraft and a KC-130 tanker during regular refueling training after they took off from the base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.
The US military said the crash occurred 200 miles off the coast. Japanese officials said that closer to land came about 60 miles out, and that was where the Japanese search and rescue service found two crew members.
There were two pilots in F / A-18 and five crew members in the KC-130, officials said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
The shipping force’s self-defense force, who sent aircraft and ships to join the search, said that one of the hunting crew members was found and in stable condition. The Marines said that the person was taken to a hospital at the base in Iwakuni, but did not give any other details.
The second word was not immediately, including his or her state.
The crash was the latest in the recent series of accidents involving US military deployed to and near Japan.
Last month, a US Navy F / A-18 horn was crashed from USS Ronald Reagan, the airline in the southwest of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, but its two pilots were safely saved. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk, belonging to Ronald Reagan, crashed the Filipino Sea just after launch, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.
More than 50,000 US troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security package.
The news agency Reuters noted that US military accidents are a “sensitive” substance in Japan, especially in Okinawa, where most US military personnel in Japan are based. “A number of emergency landings and parts that fall from US military aircraft have highlighted security issues,” said Reuters.