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1 Dead, 5 Missing after US Warplanes Collide

Japanese and U.S. officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday. Japanese and U.S. officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday. |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: December 06, 2018 10:21 AM

TOKYO (AP) - The U.S. military says one of two crew members recovered after two Marine Corps warplanes collided off the Japanese coast is dead and five others remain missing.

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The Marine Corps says the other recovered crew member is in fair condition.

It says an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft collided and crashed during training at about 2 a.m. Thursday after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The seven crew members included two in the F/A-18 and five in the KC-130.

It says the two planes were involved in routine training, including aerial refueling, but that it is still investigating what was happening when the accident occurred.

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