Jakarta -One US Marine was declared dead after two Marine Corps planes collided in air in Japan’s offshore sea area on Thursday (12/06/2018). Meanwhile the rescue team was looking for five other people as a result of the unfortunate incident.
Reported by Reuters, Japanese and American officials said so far they found two of the seven Marines on board, F / A-18 Hornet fighter jets and KC-130 Hercules.
“One of the Marines who recovered in fair conditions and the others have been declared dead by competent medical personnel,” the US Marine Corps statement was quoted as saying by Reuters on Thursday (12/06/2018).
Search and rescue operations were also carried out for five other US Marines.
“The aircraft is carrying out regular training and refueling is part of the training,” the US Marine Corps statement added.
The incident occurred around 2 am local time at around 320 km from the coast of Japan.
The incident added to the growing list of US military aviation accidents around the world in recent years, prompting a congressional hearing to tackle the increase.
People in the Tokyo hospital waiting room fell silent when news of the accident came on television, with a woman whispering to another, “This is very scary.”
“The incident is regrettable, but our focus now is on search and rescue,” Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference.
“Japan will respond appropriately after the details of the incident are revealed,” he stressed.
The US Navy’s P-8A patrol and surveillance aircraft assisted in joint search and rescue efforts with Japanese authorities, the Marine Corps said, adding that the incident was being investigated.