Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash Off Japan, Fate Of Those Onboard Unknown

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules pilot and aircraft commander with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni pilots a KC-130J Hercules during a nighttime aerial refueling training operation Oct. 26 2

A search and rescue operation was underway off the coast of Japan after two Marine Corps aircraft crashed, military officials said.

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.

Second Lieutenant Alyssa Morales, a spokeswoman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Okinawa, told military news site Task and objective that one of the Marines had been rescued alive, but this could not be immediately confirmed.

Further details about the incident were not immediately released.

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Reports citing Marines officials indicate the incident involved a KC-130 refueling aircraft and a F/A-18 fighter jet, carrying 7 personnel in total. "The aviators retained their wings and will continue service to their country as valued members of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing", he said.

They also said they were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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