TOKYO – US Marines have identified a fighter pilot who died after his plane collided with a refueling plane while training off the coast of Japan, leaving five more Marines missing and one rescued.
Two pilots were flying an F / A-18 Hornet that collided with a KC-130 Hercules around 2 am Thursday. The other pilot was saved and the crew of the refueling plane disappeared.
The Marine Corps identified the deceased crew member as Captain Jahmar Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida. He served with Marine All Weather Fighter 242 Attack Squadron, stationed at the Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Base in Yamaguchi, Japan.
"The bats are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Jahmar Resilard. He was an efficient and dedicated leader who loved the Marines and other fighter pilots with passion, "said Lt. Col. James Compton, squadron commander, in a statement.
"His warm and charismatic nature has brought us closer and he will be sorely missed," he added.
The Marines said the two planes were involved in routine training, including in – flight refueling, but that they were still investigating the causes of the accident.
President Donald Trump tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with the members of the Marine Corps crew involved in the collision. He thanked US forces in Japan for their "immediate relief and relief efforts" and said, "Whatever your needs, we are here for you."
The accident is the latest in a recent series of accidents involving the US military deployed in Japan and nearby.
Last month, an US F / A-18 Hornet from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier crashed into the sea, southwest of Okinawa Island, in southern Japan, although its two pilots were saved safely. In mid-October, a Ronald Reagan-owned MH-60 Seahawk crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal wounds to a dozen sailors.
More than 50,000 US troops are based in Japan as part of a bilateral security pact.
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