USMC Plane Crash Between KC-130 and F/A-18 Near Japan
A USMC plane crash between a KC-130 and an F/A-18 occurred in a midair “mishap” late Wednesday, US time. There were 7 Marines aboard the two aircraft – one was rescued and is in fair condition, another one other was deceased. The search and rescue operation was still underway as of Thursday morning.
THe incident occurred about 200 miles off the coast of Japan at around 2:00 a.m. local time on December 6. They were conducting what the Marine Corps described as “routine” training – and aerial refueling was part of it. The incident is under investigation as five Marines remain missing.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces, the Japanese Coast Guard are assisting the Marine Corps and the Navy’s 7th Fleet, and a C-130 from Yokota Airbase aircraft ran search grids for them during the night.
Marine Corps Times reported,
Debris from the crash has also been discovered, he said. Three Japanese ships are on scene as are U.S. Marine Corps special operations MC-130s, several Japanese UH-60 equivalents and other Japanese search and rescue aircraft and a Rivet Joint.
“We are in the middle of a massive rescue operation.” Lt en Jerry Martinez, Commander, US Forces Japan
***UPDATE*** (2300/Dec 6,2018)
The United States Marine Corps confirms that two Marines have been found. One is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel. For more information visit https://t.co/B0VqVdOcMI
— III MEF Marines (@IIIMEF) December 6, 2018
The F/A-18’s wingman is said to have circled over the crash site until rescuers from Japan arrived. The exact aircraft’s base was not released. The possibility of Marine Corps Air Base Iwakuni was given as a probable station, since some fighter and C-130 activity comes from there. The first Marine recovered was evaluated at by medical personnel at Air Station Iwakuni.
One of the personnel involved in the mishap is being evaluated by competent medical authorities at @MCASIwakuni. The search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six Marines.
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) December 6, 2018
The full Marine Corps release can be read on the III MEF Marine Facebook post:
Featured Photo: Screenshot of F/a-18 and KC-130 aircraft via III MEF Marines on Twitter