Japanese Self-Defense Force aircraft and vessels are searching off the coast of western Japan after two US Marine Corps aircraft collided mid-air and crashed early Thursday morning.
Japan's Defense Ministry says an FA18 fighter and a KC130 refueling aircraft collided about 100 kilometers south of Cape Muroto, Kochi Prefecture, at 1:40 AM, Japan time.
US military officials say there were 2 people on the fighter jet and 5 aboard the tanker plane. They say so far one person has been rescued by helicopter and is conscious.
The aircraft are both deployed at the US Marine Corps Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The Defense Ministry is trying to obtain more information from the US forces in Japan.