Seven missing after USA military aircraft 'mishap' off Japan


Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today.

Two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said.

The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six".

The aircraft were identified as a KC-130-a plane involved in aerial refueling-and an F/A-18 Hornet-a twin engine fighter jet. Very few details have been made public in the initial Corps news release.

A Marines statement said: "We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force's efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation".

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

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

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.