Six US marines missing after mid-air warplane crash near Japan

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

The aircrafts had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, a United States station in Japan.

The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan. Search and rescue missions were being led by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces, ABC News reported.

The pilots were disciplined in early November, pending an investigation into the incident, according to the Marine Corps Times.

The Marines said in a statement that Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded and were aiding in the rescue effort.

The Marine Corps did not elaborate on the nature of the incident. It's unclear if United States military officials are assisting with the search. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing to find the aircrafts, along with the six missing military personnel.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, on official said.

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Rescuers found one of seven crew members, who were on-board the plans, in a stable condition and are still searching for the others, officials said.

The incident occurred after the planes took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, Marine Corps officials said in a statement.

"The circumstances of the mishap are now under investigation".

The KC-130J conducts aerial refueling operations.

More than 50,000 US troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

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