Search Widens for US Marine Corps Pilot Missing in Japan

An F-18 Hornet assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, takes off during Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 14, 2016. Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger/Air Force
An F-18 Hornet assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, takes off during Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 14, 2016. Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger/Air Force

TOKYO -- The search for a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 Hornet in southern Japan was expanded to a wider area after daybreak Thursday, the U.S. military said.

The aircraft was on a regular training mission Wednesday when the incident occurred about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Iwakuni, the Marine Corps said.

Joint search efforts with Japanese military ships and aircraft were carried out through the night.

The identity of the pilot has not been released.

Japan's Defense Ministry said the F/A-18 had been flying with another Marine jet.

The Corps said the aircraft was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan.

It said the cause of the incident was under investigation.

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