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US warplanes crash: Search for five missing on

Tokyo: Search operations for missing crew members underway after two American warplanes collided in mid-air and crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan early Thursday.

Search operations underway

Officials said a second crew member has been found in the waters off the Japanese coast where the U.S. Marine Corps warplanes crashed. Five others are still missing.


Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said, "Japan is working with the US to collect and share information about the crash."

The Maritime Self-Defense Force said Thursday that the second person was found about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan. The crew's condition is unknown.

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The Marines say an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refuelling aircraft collided and crashed during training around 2 a.m. after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima.

The seven crew members included two in the F/A-18 and five in the KC-130. One crew from the fighter jet was rescued in stable condition earlier Thursday.

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