A minimum of one Marine was killed within the crash and the physique has been recovered, the Marine Corps stated in a press release. A second Marine was rescued and is described to be in truthful situation. 5 different Marines stay lacking.
The KC-130 and F/A-18 collided at 1:42 a.m. native time, in keeping with a Japanese Protection Ministry assertion.
Based on a press release from the US Marine Corps, the crash occurred throughout an aerial refueling that was a part of a routine coaching. The first mission of a KC-130 is airborne refueling.
It’s believed 5 crew have been on board the KC-130 and two on the F/A-18 on the time of the crash, two US protection officers advised CNN.
First Lt. Josh Hayes, a public affairs officer with the third Marines Expeditionary Forces based mostly out of Okinawa, advised CNN the rescued Marine was in “truthful situation.”
The killed Marine was discovered by a Japanese army ship at 12:13 p.m. native time and was being transferred to a mainland medical facility, in keeping with Japanese protection spokesperson Norio Harada.
Japan has dispatched 10 plane and three ships from its Self Protection Power and Coast Guard to assist with the seek for 5 individuals nonetheless believed to be lacking.
The US seventh Fleet stated in a press release that it was supporting ongoing search and rescue efforts with a Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Plane flying out of Kadena Air Power Base.
Rescue groups are battling unhealthy climate which has handed via the world within the final 24 hours or so, bringing showers, storms and sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph.
“The climate is certainly going to play an element,” stated Hayes. “It is a full group effort between us and the Japanese protection drive. And we’re hoping to get our Marines again.”
The crash occurred roughly 200 miles (321 kilometers) off the coast of Iwakuni, Japan, a US Marine Corps official advised CNN.
The planes “had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and have been conducting repeatedly scheduled coaching when the mishap occurred,” in keeping with a press release from the US Marine Corps.
Wednesday’s incident comes on the identical day that the Marines launched a report on a crash in July 2017, additionally involving a KC-130 variant that killed 15 Marines and one sailor.
That KC-130T crash came about in Leflore County, Mississippi, and the “investigation decided that the plane’s propeller didn’t obtain correct depot-level upkeep throughout its final overhaul … in September 2011, which missed corrosion which will have contributed to the propeller blade” coming free through the flight and going into the plane’s fuselage, in keeping with a Marine Corps assertion on the investigation.
CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo and Ivan Watson in Hong Kong contributed to this report.