One of the two Marines rescued from an F/A-18D Hornet that crashed along with a Marine KC-130J aerial tanker has died, Corps officials announced on Thursday.

  • The Marine Corps has not yet released the aviator’s name. Defense Department policy is to wait until 24 hours after next of kin have been notified to identify service members who have died.


  • The other rescued Marine from the Hornet is listed in fair condition, Corps officials said. U.S. and Japanese forces continue to search for five missing Marines, who were aboard a KC-130 Hercules, which also crashed about 2 a.m. local time Thursday roughly 200 miles off the Japanese coast.
  • A Navy P-8A maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft from Kadena Air Base, Japan, is supporting the search and rescue operations, a Marine Corps news release says.
  • Both the F/A-18 and KC-130 went down during a training mission that included aerial refueling. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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