President Trump responded Thursday afternoon to reports that a U.S. Marine had died and others are missing following a mid-air collision near Japan.
According to the Washington Post, a fighter jet and a refueling plane struck each other off the coast of Japan in the early morning hours.
Miraculously, one man was plucked alive from the chilly waters. Another Marine died, and as of 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, five Marines are still missing.
Both of the Marines who were found were discovered by Japan’s military forces, which aided the U.S. in search and rescue efforts after the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and a KC-130 Hercules plane collided.
The reason for the collision is under investigation, but according to Fox 5 San Diego, it occurred during routine aerial refueling training.
"The weather is definitely going to play a factor," said Hayes. "It's a full team effort between us and the Japanese defense force. And we're hoping to get our Marines back."
Trump responded to the news, writing on Twitter, “My thoughts and prayers are with the @USMC crew members who were involved in a mid-air collision off the coast of Japan.”
“Thank you to @USForcesJapan for their immediate response and rescue efforts. Whatever you need, we are here for you,” he added.