Six missing after two USA military planes crash off Japan

Six missing after two USA military planes crash off Japan

Six missing after two USA military planes crash off Japan

The C-130 was thought to be carrying five servicemen and the F-18 two, said the Japanese official, who added that Japan had scrambled four aircraft and three ships in the search.

A F/A-18 jet at United States Marine Corps air station in Iwakuni, western Japan.

A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet 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. It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.

One of the rescued crew members, who was in the FA-18, was taken to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in western Japan, while the other was taken to a ship of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to US and Japanese authorities.

The fighter jet then inserts a probe inside the drogue to receive fuel, which it can do at a rate of up to 3,000 pounds per minute, according to a paper prepared for the US Congress. Jerry Martinez, the commander of the US Forces Japan, to find out the reasons behind the crash and share the information on the accident with the Japanese authorities as soon as possible.

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely.

Iwaya said the incident was "regrettable but at this point we are doing our utmost to rescue those still missing".

"I will urge the government and the U.S. military to take thorough measures in finding out the cause of the accident and preventing a repeat", said Fukuda.

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