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Two US Marine planes crash while refuelling off Japan: Official

AFP  |  Washington 

Two US Marine Corps aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, a told on Wednesday.

The planes involved were an fighter and a tanker, the said. In a statement, the Marine Corps said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap." The planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred," the statement said.

US media reported five crew were on the and two on the

Alyssa Morales, a for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Okinawa, told military site Task and Purpose that one of the Marines had been rescued alive, but this could not be immediately confirmed.

The has about 50,000 troops stationed in

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 05:25 IST