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TOKYO (AP/FOX 10) - The U.S. military has identified six people, including five Marines, who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.
The six crew members identified Wednesday were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that collided with an F/A-18 Hornet during regular training. The warplanes crashed into the sea south of Japan's Shikoku island.
Search and recovery operations have ended after finding only one survivor, who was aboard the fighter jet. Five of those killed were on the KC-130 and the other was on the fighter.
The Marine Corps identified the crew members as Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina; Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York; Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona; Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois; and Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Captain Jahmar F. Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida, was the pilot of the F/A-18 Hornet.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday ordered flags at state building to be lowered to half-staff to honor Staff Sgt. Flores.
Ducey also said flags will be lowered on the day of interment, which has not been set.