>> Five missing U.S Marines have been declared dead on Tuesday, after the US military officially ended a search off the coast of Japan. Seven soldiers were involved in an aviation accident last week during a refueling exercise. There's been no official word on the cause, though US authorities have said it may have involved a mid air collision.
Only two of the soldiers have been found by search and rescue teams with just one survivor. In a statement, the Marine Corps said the decision to end the search was made after quote, all resources were exhausted in the vigorous search for the soldiers. It adds to a lengthening list of fatal US military accidents around the globe.
The Military Times it says, the aviation disasters have jumped nearly 40% from 2013 to 2017, killing at least 133 service members. Congressional leaders have called the rash of accidents a crisis, blaming it on continuous combat operations, aging equipment and a lack of training.