Us Marines: 1 Dead After Plane Collision Off Kochi










US Marines: 1 dead after plane collision off Kochi

The US Marine Corps says one of the 2 crewmembers rescued after a mid-air collision between 2 US military aircraft off Japan's western coast is dead.

The Marine Corps made the announcement on Thursday.

The collision between a fighter jet and a refueling aircraft occurred about 100 kilometers off Kochi Prefecture early Thursday morning. The planes, carrying a total of 7 crewmembers, crashed into the ocean soon after.

Both planes operate out of the US Marine Corps Iwakuni Air Station in Japan's western prefecture of Yamaguchi.

The aircraft were on a training mission at the time of the collision. But details remain unknown, including whether the accident took place while they were engaged in a mid-air refueling exercise.

Japan's Defense Ministry is asking the US military for information.

Self-Defense Forces personnel are continuing their search for the missing crewmembers through the night.