U.S. Marine aircrafts collides over the Pasific
- December 7, 2018
U.S. Marine Corps’s KC-130 and an F/A-18 aircrafts collided during the refueling over the Pacific Ocean near the Japanese coast, on December 6.
Japanese and American officials said they had so far found two of the seven Marines who had been aboard the two aircraft. One Marine was killed in the crash and the body has been recovered. A second Marine was rescued and is described to be in fair condition. Five other Marines remain missing.
Japan’s Defense Ministry said the aircraft carrying seven crew members in total collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.
‘The incident is regrettable, but our focus at the moment is on search and rescue,’ Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference. ‘Japan will respond appropriately once the details of the incident are uncovered.’
More than 50,000 U.S. troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.