Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

U.S. Military Personnel Missing After 'Mishap' Off Coast Of Japan

U.S. Military Personnel Missing After 'Mishap' Off Coast Of Japan

One of the missing Marines has been rescued alive, said 2nd Lt. Alyssa J. Morales, a spokeswoman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

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

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

A Facebook posting by the III Marine Expeditionary Force said the incident took place 200 miles (320km) off the coast.

A Marine Corps KC-130 is seen in this 2016 photo.

The Marines said in a statement that Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded and were aiding in the rescue effort.

Search and rescue missions were being led by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, ABC News reported.

The Marine Corps said the planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred".

The last major USA 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 aircraft had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan at around 2am local time. Two aviators were on the F/A-18 Hornet, while five Marines were on the KC-130. The F/A-18 is a two-seater jet.

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