Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

One Marine Dead Five Still Missing After Midair Collision Near Japan US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2018, 02:43

A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft.

The Oct. 23 incident resulted in the West Coast Marine Corps training squadron launching an investigation into the flight pattern of a T-34C aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101.

The aircraft - a KC-130 and an F/A-18 Hornet - had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.

U.S. media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap". It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

Rescue operations are underway off the coast of Japan for survivors of an aviation "mishap" during a training exercise, according a statement by the USA marines.

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

The US military has also experienced difficulties with its Osprey helicopters, with several emergency landings, a deadly crash and a piece of the chopper falling on the grounds of a Japanese school.