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- Jan 13, 2007
7 missing after US military air 'mishap' off coast of Japan
Search and rescue underway for 7 missing marines and two aircraft after maritime mishap off Japan coast
Updated 51 minutes ago
Seven US military personnel are missing after two US Marine Corps aircraft were involved in a "mishap" in the skies off the coast of Japan.
Marine Corps officials confirmed the incident but offered little information in a statement.
"The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred," the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler statement read.
US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said one of the aircraft was an F/A 18 fighter jet while the other was a KC-130 refuelling aircraft, with a combined total of seven personnel aboard.
They also said they were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play. An investigation had begun.
The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts.
It was unclear if US military officials were also assisting with the search.
More to come.
Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6.
The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation.
Media can contact @IIIMEF at IIIMEFMEDIA@usmc.mil.