One Marine rescued, 6 missing after planes collide off Japan

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2018

Some media reports said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, which is near Hiroshima in the south-west of the country and that the incident happened off the coast.

A Marine Corps KC-130 aerial tanker and an F/A-18 Hornet have crashed off Japan, a defense official told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

"Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. December 6". Josef Patterson, a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

MCAS Iwakuni is also home to the "Sumos" of VMGR-152, a Marine KC-130J squadron that is highly active throughout the Western Pacific. "Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery".

The Oct. 23 incident resulted in the West Coast Marine Corps training squadron launching an investigation into the flight pattern of a T-34C aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101. The statement added that the incident was under investigation.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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