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TOKYO / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five US Navy infantrymen disappeared after two US military planes crashed in flight and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan during a refueling exercise, officials in Japan said. USA.
The Ministry of Defense of Japan said that its maritime forces had so far found two of the seven Marines on the planes – a F / A-18 Hornet fighter plane and a Hercules KC-130 – at the time of the incident. .
One was in stable condition at a base in Iwakuni, while the second had been found about 10 hours after the collision and had climbed onto a Japanese military vessel, the Ministry said. No further details were revealed about the second “marine,” a ministry spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the search for the remaining five soldiers continued.
The incident adds to the growing list of US military aviation accidents in recent years, which has prompted specific sessions in the US Congress to address the problem.
The Military Times reported earlier this year that aviation accidents increased by almost 40 percent between fiscal years 2013 and 2017. At least 133 military personnel died in those incidents, he said.
Source: lta Reuters