Two US Marine planes crash while refueling off Japan

15 2014 shows a U.S. Marine KC-130 air refuelling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa Japan

15 2014 shows a U.S. Marine KC-130 air refuelling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa Japan

The Marine Corps did not elaborate on the nature of the incident. Japanese search and rescue aircraft were immediately deployed and rescued at least one Marine.

The US Marine Corps said an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 tanker aircraft were involved in the accident, which happened off the southwestern coast of Japan during "regularly scheduled training" on Thursday.

The incident occurred after the planes took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, Marine Corps officials said in a statement.

Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play.

One survivor has been rescued by Japanese search teams but the six others remain missing. It is not known at this time if the aircraft was refueling at the time of the crash.

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A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 F/A-18 Hornet conducts an aerial refuel utilizing a KC-130J in coorlation with Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Ariz., April 10.

It was not clear how many crew members were on each of the planes.

"The circumstances of the mishap are now under investigation", Marine officials said in a statement.

The U.S. military's III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa Prefecture, voiced gratitude to the MSDF for their help.

The F/A-18 is a two-seater jet.

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