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US military planes crash off Japan, 6 missing

IANS  |  Tokyo 

Six members of the US Navy are missing after two collided off the west coast of Japan, the US Armed Forces deployed in the Asian country reported on Thursday.

involved in the accident was rescued and was "being evaluated by the competent authorities" at the Japanese air base in Iwakuni, while "search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six marines", the US Marine Corps reported on

"The collision occurred around 2 a.m. on December 6 between an FA-18 fighter jet and a tanker plane which came from the airfield and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred," according to the statement cited by

The crash happened 200 miles off the coast of Iwakuni, There were five personnel on the and two on the FA-18, said US defence officials.

Japanese said that the rescued Marine was who were travelling aboard the fighter jet and that his state of health "was stable".

He said that sent several and three ships to help with the search and rescue efforts.

Thursday's accident came two weeks after another US FA-18 fighter jet crashed into the sea off Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, in the southwest of Japan, after taking off from the USS Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered carrier, but there were no casualties.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 13:22 IST