Marine F/A-18 Hornet crashes off Japan, pilot missing

A US Marine Corps aircraft was lost off the coast of Japan today, marking yet another Marine aircraft lost this year.

The F/A-18 Hornet -from the III Marine Expeditionary Force’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Okinawa, Japan-  went down during a regular training mission at around 6:40 PM local time, roughly 120 miles southeast of the MCAS Iwakuni.

According to WKTR, the pilot of the aircraft is currently missing, although the Marine Corps reports that search and rescue efforts are underway.

“Search/Rescue effort ongoing for Marine pilot who ejected from F/A-18 today 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan. Keep in prayers,” the tweet read.

The crash of another Marine aircraft adds one more stroke to a disturbing picture of Marine aviation incidents that have plagued 2016, including when all non-deployed aircraft were grounded for 24 hours, an action resulting from three F/A-18 crashes in the span of sixty days.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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