The U.S. military has been plagued by accidents during operations near Japan. After the most recent aircraft carrier crash, Donald Trump sent a surprisingly respectful tweet to those involved in the crash and the other 50,000 military members posted in the area. Two crews we involved in a mid-air collision near Japan. Perhaps, someone else wrote this tweet for the president:
‘My thoughts and prayers are with the
@USMC crew members who were involved in a mid-air collision off the coast of Japan. Thank you to @USForcesJapan for their immediate response and rescue efforts. Whatever you need, we are here for you. @IIIMEF’
The two U.S. warplanes collided during a refueling off the coast of Japan. At this point in time, two members have been recovered and five remain missing. One of the recovered crew was pronounced dead. The other was in fair condition according to Military.com.
The KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft approached an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet during an aerial refueling training exercise. The planes were posted to the Iwakuni base, which is close to Hiroshima. Two of the crew were in the Hornet, and five crew members were in the KC-130.
The planes were about 200 miles off of the coast of Japan when the accident occurred, the U.S. military reported. However, the Japanese offices claimed the planes were much closer to their shore, about 60 miles — that was where the rescue mission located the two crew members.
According to the Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, it sent out aircraft and water-borne vessels to man a search grid. The rescue crew found one crew member from the fighter jet in stable condition. The U.S. Marines said that individual went to the hospital located on the Iwakuni base and was in fair condition.
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