5 Missing Marines Declared Dead Following Warplane Collision Off Japanese Coast

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This photo taken on July 15, 2014, shows a U.S. Marine KC-130 air refuelling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa, Japan. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

This photo taken on July 15, 2014, shows a U.S. Marine KC-130 air refuelling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa, Japan. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

The U.S. military has declared five missing crew members dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast, and halted search and recovery operations.

The five crew members were on a KC-130 refueling aircraft that collided last Thursday with an F/A-18 Hornet during regularly scheduled training.

Two crew members in the F/A-18 were recovered after the accident, but one died. The U.S. Marines said the survivor was in stable condition when rescued.

It said in a statement that the identities of the five people declared dead will be released after their next of kin are notified.

The crew members were based at Iwakuni air station near Hiroshima.

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