Six US military personnel are missing after two American military aircraft crashed in mid-air during a refueling operation off the coast of Japan, according to US and Japanese officials.
The US Marine Corps said in a short statement that the incident occurred at 2 am local time on Thursday some 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the coast of Japan.
It said a combined total of seven personnel were aboard the two aircraft and only one had been rescued so far.
The aircraft had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a “mishap,” the Marine Corps said.
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one of the aircraft was an F/A 18 fighter jet, while the other was a KC-130 refueling aircraft.
Japanese officials said two crew members were in the F/A-18, and five others in the KC-130.
Japan’s defense ministry said that its maritime forces had rescued one person and search and rescue…