One Marine rescued, 6 missing after planes collide off Japan

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Japanese officials said two crew members were on the FA-18, and five others on the KC-130.

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.

Reports on Twitter indicate that two US military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap".

In a statement, the Marine Corps said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.

Air Refueling with F-22 F-18
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The Marines said in a statement that Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded and were aiding in the rescue effort. Very few details have been made public in the initial Corps news release.

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.

The Marine Corps said in a short statement that the incident occurred at 2 a.m. local time in Japan on Thursday (1700 GMT Wednesday).

UPDATE: This story was updated at 5:45 P.M. on December 5 after one of the missing Marines was found alive.

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