Two US Marine planes crash while refueling off Japan

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2018

A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft.

The aircraft had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan at around 2am local time. It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

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.

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

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"Two Marine Corps aviators were administratively disciplined following the completion of an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding an October 23 irregular flight pattern that resulted in an obscene image", said Maj. Japanese search and rescue aircraft were immediately deployed and rescued at least one Marine.

The last major US military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board.

The U.S. Marine Corps said the crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 tanker aircraft.

Those incidents have stoked tensions between close military allies Washington and Tokyo and led to protests against the deployment of Ospreys by residents living near USA bases.

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