TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Marines have recognized a fighter pilot who died after his jet collided with a refueling plane throughout coaching off Japan’s coast, leaving 5 different Marines lacking and one rescued.
Two pilots had been flying an F/A-18 Hornet that collided with a KC-130 Hercules about 2 a.m. Thursday. The opposite pilot was rescued and the crew of the refueling aircraft is lacking.
The Marine Corps recognized the useless crew member as Capt. Jahmar Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida. He served with Marine All Climate Fighter Assault Squadron 242, stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi, Japan.
“The Bats are deeply saddened by the lack of Captain Jahmar Resilard. He was an efficient and devoted chief who cared for his Marines and fellow fighter pilots with ardour,” Lt. Col. James Compton, commanding officer of the squadron, stated in an announcement.
“His heat and charismatic nature sure us collectively and we are going to miss him terribly,” he added.
The Marines stated that the 2 planes had been concerned in routine coaching, together with aerial refueling, however that it was nonetheless investigating what brought on the crash.
President Donald Trump tweeted that his ideas and prayers had been with the Marine Corps crew members concerned within the collision. He thanked U.S. Forces in Japan for his or her “quick response and rescue efforts” and stated “No matter you want, we’re right here for you.”
The crash is the newest in latest collection of accidents involving the U.S. navy deployed to and close to Japan.
Final month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the plane provider USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the ocean southwest of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, although its two pilots had been rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk additionally belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, inflicting non-fatal accidents to a dozen sailors.
Greater than 50,000 U.S. troops are primarily based in Japan underneath a bilateral safety pact.
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