Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft
06 December, 2018, 05:43 | Author: Ted Wilson
In June, a U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashed in waters off Okinawa Prefecture during a routine training mission.
Reports on Twitter indicate that two US military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.
The Marine Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday).
Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to the emergency, the Marine Corps statement said. Very few details have been made public in the initial Corps news release.
US Marine planes crash: Search and rescue off the coast of Japan
The US military has also experienced difficulties with its Osprey helicopters, with several emergency landings, a deadly crash and a piece of the chopper falling on the grounds of a Japanese school. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition. When pilots want to refuel, they steer a boom attached to the front of their aircraft into a drogue receptacle that looks like a basket on the end of the KC-130's refueling hose, he said.
The KC-130J conducts aerial refueling operations.
The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the US military deployed to and near Japan. A series of emergency landings and parts falling from US military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns.
The other plane was apparently a KC-130, an extended-range tanker refuelling aircraft.
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