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US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway

06 December 2018

The Marine Corps has punished two aviators who flew their aircraft deliberately to draw a giant penis in the skies over California's Salton Sea.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap".

The last major USA military aircraft incident occurred in May when an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, killing all nine personnel on board. "Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery".

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Reports citing Marines officials indicate the incident involved a KC-130 refueling aircraft and a F/A-18 fighter jet, carrying 7 personnel in total.

Further details about the incident were not immediately released.

A spokesman for Japan's Self-Defense Forces said that one of the airmen had been rescued but the immediate fate of the remaining crew members was unclear.

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The statement concluded by saying that "the investigation is ongoing" and "no other information is yet available".

UPDATE: This story was updated at 5:45 P.M. on December 5 after one of the missing Marines was found alive.

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US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway