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6 missing after U.S. Marines fighter jet, tanker plane crash off Japan coast

Japanese and U.S. 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 U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday an FA-18 fighter and a KC-130 tanker aircraft were involved "a mishap" off the Japanese coast early Thursday. It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.
Japan's Defense Ministry said the two aircraft carrying seven crew members altogether had collided midair and crashed into the sea about 100 kilometers south of the Muroto cape in Kochi Prefecture.
They said Japanese rescuers found one of the crew members who is in a stable condition. Japanese officials said two crew members were on the FA-18, and five others on the KC-130.


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