A crew member rescued Thursday in the waters near Japan where two Marine Corps aircraft collided during a training exercise has died, U.S. officials told Fox News.
The announcement of the death comes amid a frantic search for five other crew members who remain missing. Another Marine who was rescued is listed in fair condition.
The Marines said an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft collided and crashed during training around 2 a.m. Thursday. The planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima, and the crash occurred about 200 miles off the Japan coast.
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Crash kills U.S. Marine; teams search for five in sea near Japan — Reuters
U.S. Marine dies, 5 missing after mid-air collision off Japan — CBS/AP
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Five Marines missing, two rescued after crash into sea — The Hill
Five missing after two US military planes crash off Japan — AFP
U.S. military planes collide off Japanese coast; 2 of 7 rescued — UPI
Rescue mission in Japan after two US Marine aircraft collide — BBC
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US Marines Launch Search and Rescue Effort After Two Planes Crash Near Japan — Sputnik
Five Marines missing after US warplanes collide off Japan — Al Jazeera