Rescuers search for 5 missing Marines after 2 US warplanes collide midair

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(NBC News) – Rescuers are searching for five missing Marines after a pair of U.S. warplanes collided in midair during a refueling exercise off the coast of Japan.

Two marines were pulled from the sea, but one of them later died.

Right now, multiple rescue ships racing against time in the Sea of Japan.

Five U.S. Marines, still missing Thursday morning.

The U.S. Ambassador hearing the news at an event in Japan.

William Hagerty, U.S. Ambassador to Japan said, “My heart goes out to the families and the colleagues of the marines that were involved in this tragedy.”

Two planes were conducting regularly scheduled training’ the U.S. military said calling the accident a mishap but not giving more details about what happened.

Both planes had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, they crashed approximately 55-nautical miles off the coast.

At 2 a.m. local time the KC-130J which often provides refueling support went down along with an F/A 18 Hornet.

Refueling operations are a standard military procedure, a hose trails from the tanker aircraft, the combat jet receives the fuel at up to 3000 pounds per minute.

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