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not my area of expertise but this seems to make sense on paper and it seems to be an increasing problem in the past few months
The mayor of Iwakuni, Japan, called on the U.S. military Thursday to suspend flights until the cause of a collision between a fighter jet and a refueling plane becomes clear. Five Marines are missing and two were rescued after a F/A-18 Hornet and a KC-130 Hercules collided during refueling early Thursday. The planes had taken off from Iwakuni, one of the biggest U.S. air bases in East Asia, which sits on the southeastern tip of Japan's main island of Honshu, about 25 miles from Hiroshima. It hosts around 15,000 personnel, with U.S. Marines alongside units of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda said worries about aviation accidents are increasing, especially after another crash involving a Hornet off the seas of Japan last month. Fukuda told the local assembly that Iwakuni's commander, Col. Richard Fuerst, had called him Thursday morning. "I first expressed our regret for the accident that has happened. And we talked about our hope that the crew would be rescued as soon as possible," Fukuda said, according to his office. "And I called on the commander to hold off aircraft operations until the cause of the accident becomes clear, because people are increasingly worried about it." Last month, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea off the coast of the southern island of Okinawa. Its two pilots were rescued safely.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
There were units from the US, Australia, and Japan involved in the search. They searched 35,000 square miles over 800 hours. They now move into a recovery mode and will search for the KC-130 wreckage.
Family members of the fallen Marines identified their loved ones to Stars and Stripes as Maj. Kevin Herrmann, 38, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Staff Sgt. Maximo Flores, 27, of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; Cpl. Carter Ross, 21, from Hendersonville, Tenn., and Cpl. Daniel Baker, 21, of Tremont, Ill.