US warplanes crash off Japan coast, rescue under way

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

Seven US military personnel are missing after two US Marine Corps aircraft were involved in a "mishap" in the skies off the coast of Japan.

U.S. media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.

The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident.

A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 F/A-18 Hornet conducts an aerial refuel utilizing a KC-130J in coorlation with Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Ariz., April 10. It was not clear how many people were aboard either of the aircraft.

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The crew member was being assessed by doctors, the Marine statement said, adding that "the search and rescue operations continue for the remaining six". The reports suggest the F/A-18 is a two-seat variant and five other crewmembers were on board the C-130. It said in a statement that the accident is under investigation and gave no further details.

The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts.

The US military has also experienced difficulties with its Osprey helicopters, with several emergency landings, a deadly crash and a piece of the chopper falling on the grounds of a Japanese school.

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