FIVE US marines after missing after two American military jets crashed in a training exercise over Japan.
Rescue teams were launched after reports of a Marine F-18 and a C-130 crashing into the sea at 2am local time.
Marines confirmed they have rescued two passengers among a total of seven people on board, while searches continue for the rest.
The US Marine Corps did not release immediate details describing the horror crash as a "mishap".
A statement read: "We are aware of an incident involving Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan.
"Search and rescue operations continue for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6.
"The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred.
"Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery.
"The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation. There is no additional information available at this time."
A spokesman for the Japanese Self-Defense said one crew member had been found and was in a stable condition.
The condition of the second person is unknown.
CBS correspondent Mary Walsh tweeted: "A Marine F-18 & a C-130 crashed during aerial refueling off Iwakuni, Japan. Both aircraft went into the water”
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