An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter similar to one involved in an incident off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.
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An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter similar to one involved in an incident off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.
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7 U.S. Military Personnel Missing After 'Mishap' Off Coast Of Japan

The U.S. Marine Corps reports that two of its aircraft were involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Japan around 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

A search is underway for seven missing U.S. military personnel, according to a U.S. official.

The statement offered few details:

"The aircraft involved in the mishap, a KC-130 and an F/A-18, had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred.

"Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery.

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"The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation."

This breaking story will be updated as new information becomes available. [Copyright 2018 NPR]