Two US Marine Corps jets have crashed off the coast of Japan while refuelling during a training exercise.
At around 2am local time, Japanese search and rescue teams were launched to find the aircraft and crew.
The Marine Corps said a KC-130 refuelling tanker and a F/A-18 fighter jet were involved in a ‘mishap’ during scheduled training.
The US Marine Corps said in a statement: "We are aware of an incident involving Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan.
"Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6.
"The aircraft involved had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni & and were conducting regularly scheduled training."
"Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery.
"The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation. "
CBS correspondent Mary Walsh tweeted: "A Marine F-18 & a /C-130 crashed during aerial refueling off Iwakuni, Japan. Both aircraft went into the water.
"There were five on the C-130 & two on the F-18, condition unknown. Search and rescue is underway.
"Search & rescue operations continue for US Marine aircraft involved in mishap off of the coast of Japan.
The Japanesse Maritime Self Defence Forces are leading the rescue efforts. The US Marine Corps have not formally announced how many personnel were invovled.
A marine official told ABC News there were five personnel on board the KC-130 and two on board the F/A-18.
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