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Date:Thursday 6 December 2018
Time:c. 02:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C30J model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Martin KC-130J
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 167981
MSN: 5617
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:100 km (62.5 mls) SSE off Muroto Cape, Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Iwakuni MCAS (IWK/RJOI), Japan
Destination airport:Iwakuni MCAS (IWK/RJOI), Japan
A USMC F/A-18 fighter aircraft with two crew onboard experienced a midair collision with a USMC KC-130J tanker aircraft with 5 crew onboard during refueling operations over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan.
Both F/A-18 crewmen were rescued by Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces. One later died.
The search for the crew of the KC-130, attached to the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), was abandoned on December 11, 2018.

» III MEF Marines press release
» U.S. Marines abandon search for five missing aircrew after crash near Japan (, 11 Dec. 2018)


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