Six missing in crash between two US military aircraft off coast of Japan

KC-130 Hercules and helicopters sit on the tarmac at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan on Japan's southwestern island of Okinawa, 03 May 2010. EPA-EFE/FILE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

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

One of the seven crew members involved in the accident has been rescued and «is 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 Base Camp Butler reported on social networks.

The collision occurred around 02.00 local time (17:00 GMT on Wednesday) between an FA-18 fighter and a KC-130 tanker plane which came from the Iwakuni airfield and were «conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred,» the statement says.

«The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation. There is no additional information available at this time,» the statement concludes.

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