Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash off Coast of Japan: Reports

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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan – Search and rescue operations were underway for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a ‘mishap’ off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6, military officials say.

The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred — reportedly a refueling exercise.

According to CNN’s Steve Brusk, five people were believed aboard C-130 and two on the F-18.

Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded to aid in recovery, officials said.

The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation.

There is no additional information available at this time.

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