WASHINGTON- On Thursday, 6 US Marines were missing following a still-unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan involving two US Marine Corps aircraft, which may have collided mid-air during a refuelling exercise gone wrong, according to the US officials.
U.S. and Japanese officials said that Japan`s defence ministry said that its maritime forces had so far rescued one of the seven Marines who were aboard the two aircraft at the time of the incident. Search and rescue efforts were ongoing.
The Marine Corps said in a statement that the incident occurred at 2 am local time in Japan on Thursday (1700 GMT Wednesday) about 200 miles (322 km) off the Japanese coast.
The Marine Corps said that the aircraft, a KC-130 Hercules refuelling aircraft and an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a "mishap".