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2 US Marine Aircrafts Collide During Mid-air Refueling In Japan,1 Dead,5 Missing



2 US Marine Aircrafts – an F/A-18 fighter jet with two crew onboard and a KC-130 Hercules refuelling tanker with five crew, collided and crashed into the sea off Japan on Thursday during a routine training operation.

The two millitary planes were conducting a routine aerial refueling training when the collision occurred around 100 kilometres (55 nautical miles) off the cape of Muroto in southwestern Japan.

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One Marine was rescued while another one has been declared deceased.The US military and Japanese Self-Defense planes and vessels are currently searching for the other five missing US Marines.

The video above shows how a normal F-18 Air Refueling is done

The F/A-18 aircraft is a multirole combat jet can act as a fighter or an attack aircraft ,while the KC-130 tanker plane is designed to refuel both fixed-wing, tilt-rotor and rotary-wing aircraft using the probe and drogue technique.

The US presently has more than 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, more than 18,000 of them in the US Marine Corps.