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By Doha Madani and Hans Nichols
A search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Japan after two U.S. Marine aircraft were involved in what authorities called a “mishap.”
A KC-130, an extended-range tanker, and a F/A-18, a combat jet, were involved in a refueling accident early Thursday morning local time in Japan.
Five Marines were believed to be aboard the KC-130 and two on the F/A-18 when the mishap occurred, according to a military official.
The aircraft launched from the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan for a regularly scheduled training exercise. A Japanese search and rescue aircraft responded to aid in recovery.