2 rescued, 5 others missing off Japanese coast after Marine Corps aircraft 'mishap'
Two of seven crewmembers have been rescued after a “mishap” involving a pair of Marine Corps aircraft early Thursday off the coast of Japan.
The incident, which involved an F/A-18 Hornet and KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during “regularly scheduled training,” a Marine Corps statement said.
The Hornet and Hercules collided midair and crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku Island, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry. Five crewmembers were aboard the Hercules and two were on the Hornet.
The first rescued crewmember – who reportedly came from the Hornet – was being evaluated at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, according to a III Marine Expeditionary Force statement issued just before 9 a.m.