US military aircraft crashes off Japan’s coast, officials say


Six service members were on the MV-22 Osprey aircraft, Japanese officials said.

November 29, 2023, 5:15 AM

A U.S. military MV-22 Osprey aircraft carrying six service members crashed off the Japanese coast at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, local officials said.

At least one service member who had been on board was located, officials said, although there was no immediate confirmation on the person’s condition.

PHOTO: A wreck believed to belong to the U.S. military aircraft MV-22 Osprey that crashed into the sea off Yakushima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, western Japan November 29, 2023, in this handout photo provided by Japan Coast Guard.

A wreck believed to belong to the U.S. military aircraft MV-22 Osprey that crashed into the sea off Yakushima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, western Japan November 29, 2023, in this handout photo taken by Japan Coast Guard airplane and provided by Japan Coast Guard.

Japan Coast Guard/via Reuters

Japan Coast Guard responders were searching in the dark on Wednesday night in the area off Kagoshima prefecture in southern Japan.

PHOTO: A Japan Coast Guard vessel conducts search and rescue operation at the site where a U.S. military aircraft MV-22 Osprey crashed into the sea off Yakushima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, western Japan Nov. 29, 2023, in this photo taken by Kyodo.

A Japan Coast Guard vessel conducts search and rescue operation at the site where a U.S. military aircraft MV-22 Osprey crashed into the sea off Yakushima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, western Japan Nov. 29, 2023, in this photo taken by Kyodo.

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Coast Guard ships and helicopters were involved in the search at about 7 p.m. local time.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News’ Anthony Trotter and Joe Simonetti contributed to this story.



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