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

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident, which occurred at 2am on Thursday in Japan.

Two United States Marine aircraft are reported to have crashed off the coast of Japan today. It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six".

The circumstances of the mishap are now under investigation, the military added.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima and were carrying seven personnel, Marines officials said.

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It was unclear if USA military officials were also assisting with the search.

A total of seven personnel were believed to be on board the two aircraft, according to ABC News' Elizabeth McLaughlin.

The aircraft involved had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training.

A Marines statement said: "We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force's efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation".

More than 50,000 US troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

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