Marine Corps Punishes 2 Aviators over Sky Penis Incident

06 December, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Angel Logan
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The primary mission of a KC-130 is airborne refueling. The aircraft - an F/A-18 Hornet and a KC-130 Hercules - were involved in "regularly scheduled training" at the time, and Japanese authorities immediately launched search-and-rescue aircraft afterward.

One of the missing Marines has been rescued alive, said 2nd Lt. Alyssa J. Morales, a spokeswoman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident, which occurred at 2am (4am AEDT) on Thursday. Search and rescue operations were underway at the scene.

Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity were unsure how the mishap may have occurred but none suspected foul play.

The Marines refuel aircraft differently to the Air Force, said Carl Baker, executive director of the Pacific Forum think tank in Hawaii.

A brief statement issued Wednesday by the Marines does not provide details of the incident or say how many crew members were on board the planes.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A 18, carrying a total of seven personnel, United States media quoted officials as saying.

The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan and accidents are not uncommon.

Last month, a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely.

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