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US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan

06 December 2018

A search and rescue operation was underway off the coast of Japan after two Marine Corps aircraft crashed, military officials said. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition.

The Marines released a statement Wednesday that gave few details about the incident.

There is no official word on where the incident took place.

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

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

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a fighter and attack aircraft and can carry a wide range of missiles and bombs.

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

The survivor is being assessed by doctors at MCAS Iwakuni.

Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today. The F/A-18 is a two-seater jet.

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The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says that air-to-air refuelling is a hard and potentially risky flight operation, especially when done at night.

US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan