At the very least one US Marine has been killed and rescue groups are looking for 5 others lacking after two US plane collided in mid-air and crashed into the ocean off the coast of Japan throughout a refuelling train.
Japanese and American officers mentioned that they had up to now discovered two of the seven Marines who had been aboard the plane, an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules.
“One of many recovered Marines is in honest situation and the opposite has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel,” a US Marine Corps assertion mentioned.
The lethal crash is the most recent in a string of US navy aviation accidents around the globe in recent times, which have prompted hearings and criticism in Congress over plane security.
President Donald Trump expressed gratitude to Japan for its fast help with search and rescue efforts.
“My ideas and prayers are with the @USMC (U.S. Marine Corps) crew members who have been concerned in a mid-air collision off the coast of Japan,” he tweeted.
The incident occurred round 2am native time in Japan (5pm GMT on Wednesday) about 200 miles off the Japanese coast. The Marine Corps mentioned the plane have been conducting routine coaching on the time, together with refuellng coaching.
My ideas and prayers are with the @USMC crew members who have been concerned in a mid-air collision off the coast of Japan. Thanks to @USForcesJapan for his or her instant response and rescue efforts. No matter you want, we’re right here for you. @IIIMEF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2018
The US navy didn’t speculate on the reason for the collision.
“The incident is regrettable, however our focus in the intervening time is on search and rescue,” Japanese Protection Minister Takeshi Iwaya instructed a information convention. “Japan will reply appropriately as soon as the main points of the incident are uncovered.”
A US Navy P-8A patrol and surveillance plane was serving to in search and rescue efforts together with Japanese authorities, the Marine Corps mentioned, including that the incident was beneath investigation.
Congressional leaders have known as the rash of accidents in recent times a disaster and blamed it on steady fight operations, deferred modernisation, lack of coaching, and ageing gear.
Final 12 months, 16 service members have been killed after a navy transport aircraft crash in rural Mississippi.
A navy investigation mentioned the first reason for that crash was a propeller blade that went into the plane’s fuselage. The investigation added that the propeller had not obtained correct upkeep and corrosion had been missed.
US navy accidents are a delicate subject in Japan, notably for residents of the southern prefecture of Okinawa, dwelling to the majority of the US presence within the nation. A collection of emergency landings and components falling from navy plane have sparked issues over security.