US warplanes involved in ‘mishap’ off coast of Japan; 2 Marines found, search continues for 5 more

US warplanes involved in ‘mishap’ off coast of Japan; 2 Marines found, search continues for 5 more
An F/A-18D Hornet with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 and a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 conduct simulated aerial refueling during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. US Marine Corps photo.

(RNN) – A search and rescue mission has recovered two Marines, with five others missing, after an incident termed a “mishap” involving two U.S. military aircraft off the coast of Japan.

The Associated Press, citing the Japanese Defense Ministry, said the warplanes, a KC-130 and F/A-18, collided midair and crashed into the sea about 60 miles from the Japanese island of Shikoku.

Japanese officials told the AP that one crew member recovered was in stable condition.

Another Marine was found hours later, the AP reported. The second Marine’s condition was unclear as of late Wednesday night.

According to the AP, two Marines were aboard the F/A-18 fighter jet and five were aboard the KC-130, a long-range refueling tanker, when the crash happened.

The search and rescue operations continue for the remaining five Marines.

The U.S. Naval Institute reported the aircraft were conducting routine training.

The official U.S. Marines Twitter account tweeted, “Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 am Dec. 6. The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation.”

Aerial refueling was part of the training, according to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, but it’s unclear what was taking place when crash occurred around noon ET Wednesday.

Japanese authorities were aiding in the search and rescue mission.

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