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Japan: US Warplanes Crash Into Pacific Ocean After Mid-Air Collision

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Tokyo: Two US warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean after a midair collision off Japan’s southwestern coast on Thursday. While one of the seven crew members was rescued, the other six are still missing. The crash took place 320 kilometers (200 miles) off Japan coast

The American Marine Corps said that F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft crashed midair during regular training after they took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said the aircraft carrying seven crew members in total collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.

The incident comes after a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa last month. Similarly in mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff.

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