Crash of a Lockheed KC-130J Hercules in the Pacific Ocean: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 6, 2018 at 0200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
167981
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
5617
YOM:
2009
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew departed Iwakuni Airport on a refuelling mission over the Pacific Ocean. By night and in unknown circumstances, the four engine airplane collided with a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Both aircraft went out of control and crashed in the ocean some 200 miles off Muroto Cape, Japan. The United States Marine Corps confirms that two Marines have been found. One is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel. All five crew members from the Hercules are still missing after two days of SAR operations and presumed dead. The KC-130 Hercules was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (the Sumos), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

Crash of a Shin Meiwa US-2 off Cape Ashizuri

Date & Time: Apr 28, 2015 at 1455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9905
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
4005
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
19
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The four engine seaplane departed Iwakuni AFB to conduct a training mission over the sea, carrying 19 crew members from the 31st Squadron. For unknown reasons, the crew was apparently forced to attempt an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed in the sea some 40 km northeast of Cape Ashizuri. The aircraft lost an engine and a float and came to rest partially submerged. All 19 occupants were rescued, among them four were injured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a NAMC YS-11M-A-624 at Ozuki AFB

Date & Time: Sep 28, 2009 at 1240 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9044
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Atsugi AFB - Tokushima AFB - Iwakuni AFB - Ozuki AFB
MSN:
2182
YOM:
1973
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6900
Captain / Total hours on type:
3000.00
Circumstances:
Crew was completing a training mission from Atsugi AFB with intermediate stops at Tokushima AFB and Iwakuni AFB. After landing on runway 35 (1,200 meters long) at Ozuki AFB, the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, went through a fence, lost its nose gear and came to rest 150 meters further in a rice paddy field. All 11 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Learjet U-36A at Iwakuni AFB: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 21, 2003 at 1125 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9202
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
36-056
YOM:
1988
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew departed Iwakuni AFB at 0900LT on a training mission over the Sea of Japan. At 1045LT, the aircraft returned to Iwakuni and the crew completed several touch-and-go manoeuvres on runway 02. During one of these procedures, the aircraft went out of control upon touchdown and crashed beside the runway, bursting into flames. All four crew members were killed.

Crash of a Shin Meiwa PS-1 at Iwakuni AFB: 11 killed

Date & Time: Apr 26, 1983
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5801
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
1001
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
14
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local 'training' flight consisting of a preparation to an incoming airshow. After completing several circuits with other airplanes, the crew initiated a solo low pass over the runway at a height of 100 feet and a speed of 65 knots. While approaching the end of the runway, the pilot-in-command initiated a right turn when the seaplane adopted a nose-high attitude then stalled and crashed on a concrete bank separating the tarmac and an ammunition storage building. Three occupants were seriously injured while 11 others were killed.

Crash of a Shin Meiwa PS-1 off Iwakuni AFB: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 6, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5808
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1008
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
14
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
For unknown reasons, the airplane landed hard on the sea about one km off Iwakuni Airbase. A crew member was killed while 13 others were injured. The aircraft sank about 90 minutes later. The sea was calm at the time of the accident with a visibility of about 1,800 meters.

Crash of a Lockheed P-3A-50-LO Orion near Iwakuni AFB: 12 killed

Date & Time: Jan 16, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
152144
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
185-5114
YOM:
1965
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
While returning to Iwakuni Airbase following a maritime patrol flight, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and a limited visibility due to snow falls. On descent, at an altitude of 6,200 feet, the airplane struck the slope of Mt Karnegeamori located few km southeast of the airfield. The wreckage was found few hours later and all 12 occupants were killed. For unknown reason, the crew was approaching the airbase at an insufficient altitude.

Crash of a Lockheed P-3A-40-LO Orion off Tsushima Island: 12 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 1967
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
151365
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
185-5078
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
The crew departed Iwakuni Airbase on a maritime patrol flight. While flying in the vicinity of the Tsushima Island, the four engine aircraft crashed into the sea for unknown reason. All 12 crew members were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed SP-2E Neptune into the South China Sea: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1964 at 0243 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
131513
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
426-5394
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
13
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew departed Iwakuni for a maritime patrol flight over the South China Sea. While cruising by night, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances into the sea about 120 km east of the Vietnam coast. Eight crew members were rescued while five others were killed.

Crash of a Martin P5M-1 Marlin at Iwakuni AFB: 8 killed

Date & Time: Apr 6, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
130269
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Crashed shortly after takeoff from Iwakuni AFB, killing 8 of 11 crew members.