Beijing News, according to the Associated Press, after the collision of two U.S. military aircraft stationed in Japan on the 6th local time, the U.S. Navy announced on the 10th that five soldiers missing in the accident had died and the search and rescue had stopped.
According to the U.S. Naval Security Center, an F/A-18 fighter plane belonging to the U.S. military base in Iwakuni, Japan, collided with a KC-130 air refueling aircraft and crashed over the sea area 100 kilometers south of Kochi Prefectures Hukou in the early morning of June 6. Earlier, two F/A-18 fighter pilots died and one was rescued, while five people on the KC-130 air tanker were unaccounted for.
According to the Japanese Broadcasting Association on the 10th, two crashed military aircraft collided in the process of aerial refueling. The U.S. military had previously said that the two aircraft collided during training.
According to the Washington Post, the U.S. military has notified the families of the soldiers killed. Every naval soldier is our most valuable asset, US Commander Eric Smith said in a statement. We will accompany our families through this difficult time.
The crash is still under investigation. The U.S. military said it was too early to speculate about the cause of the crash because flight data and cockpit recordings of the KC-130 air tanker had not yet been found.
Source: Zhang Xianchao_NN9310, responsible editor of Beijing News