According to the U.S. Marine Corps and Japans Defense Ministry, two planes took off from Iwakuni Base and were conducting refueling training. The two planes may have collided during night air refueling training. At that time, there were two fighters on the F/A-18 and five on the KC-130 tanker. The first person rescued was an F/A-18 fighter crew, in stable condition.
Reuters reported Dec. 6 that two US Marine Corps aircraft had an unexplained accident off the coast of Japan, according to U.S. officials.
Japans Ministry of Defense said that the Maritime Self-Defense Force had rescued two of the seven crew members on two aircraft at the time of the accident. U.S. and Japanese officials say the search and rescue operation is still under way.
The Marine Corps did not elaborate on the nature of the accident. U.S. officials demanding anonymity say the accident occurred during refueling training.
The Marine Corps said that Japanese search and rescue aircraft played a leading role in rescue operations. We thank the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force for its immediate response to the search and rescue operation, it said.
The Marine Corps says the rescued soldiers have been sent to the Iwakuni Marine Corps Airport for medical examination.
According to Kyodo News Agency on December 6, Japans Foreign Ministry North American Director Suzuki Yamamoto expressed regret to the top commander and commander of the US military in Japan, Martinez, on December 6, about the crash of the US military aircraft. He asked for a thorough investigation of the causes, to prevent such problems from recurring, and to provide relevant information promptly.
Japans Ministry of Defense said that around 5:20 a.m. that day, an Aviation Self-Defense Force search and rescue aircraft found a crew member at sea and sent it to the U.S. military base in Iwakuni by sea helicopter. In addition to the Aviation Self-Defense Force and the Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Maritime Security Headquarters of Area 5 (Kobe) and others are also conducting searches.
Up to now, there has been no damage to the sea area, and the rescued US Marines are in stable condition, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kangji Nishimura told the media at the Prime Ministers residence on the morning of June 6.
This is the latest in a series of incidents involving U.S. troops deployed in and around Japan.
More than 50,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Japan.
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