A brief statement issued Wednesday by the Marines does not provide details of the incident or say how many crew members were on board the planes.
A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft. A Japanese government official said the person, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, is in a stable condition. A United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one of the aircraft was an F/A-18 fighter jet while the other was a KC-130 refueling aircraft, with a combined total of seven personnel aboard. The status of the other Marines was not immediately available.
The FA-18 and the KC-130 from the Iwakuni base were conducting routine training when they collided some 100 kilometers south of Cape Muroto in Kochi Prefecture at around 1:40 a.m., according to the ministry.
Both aircraft are reported to have crashed into the water.
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Two Marine Corps aircraft went down in the waters off the coast of Japan early Thursday morning local time and a search is underway for the pilots and those on board.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter similar to one involved in an incident off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.
Japanese and US officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are underway. The F/A-18 is a two-seater jet.