Two US Marine planes crash while refueling off Japan

Two US Marine planes crash while refueling off Japan

The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident, which occurred at 2am (4am AEDT) on Thursday.

The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six". There was no immediate word on the condition of the rescued Marine or the others onboard when the collision occurred.

The FA-18 and the KC-130 from the Iwakuni base were conducting routine training when they collided some 100 kilometers south of Cape Muroto in Kochi Prefecture at around 1:40 a.m., according to the ministry.

The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts.

Search and rescue missions were being led by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, ABC News reported.

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A USA official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft.

The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the US military deployed to and near Japan.

An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter similar to one involved in an incident off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

An FA-18, like the one shown here in Australia, was identified as one of the planes that was involved in a mishap off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

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