U.S. military aircraft crashes in Japan sea, condition of crew unknown

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A U.S. military aircraft with eight people onboard crashed into the sea in western Japan on Wednesday with fishermen reporting three people have been found but their condition remains unknown.

The coast guard said that it has sent patrol boats and aircraft to the area where the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey crashed off the island of Yakushima.

The fishing boats in the surrounding water have claimed to find three people, as per the representative of a local fisheries cooperative said.

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A spokesperson for prefectural government said the crashed occurred near the island’s airport where another Osprey successfully landed on Wednesday afternoon.

U.S. forces in the region were still gathering information, a spokesperson said.

The crash happened just before 3 pm with witnesses saying the aircraft’s left engine appeared to be on fire as it descended, media reported. At around 2.40 pm local time, the aircraft disappeared from the radar, as per Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.