The Associated Press made a critical error on Tuesday, announcing the recovery of a US Marine’s remains and improperly identifying them before the US military had a chance to do so.
The remains are of a US Marine involved in a crash that took place over Japan’s southern coast several months ago when a KC-130 tanker collided with an F/A-18 multi-role fighter.
The US Marine Corps, needless to say, was quick to correct the press organization.
“The remains recovered from the mishap have not been identified yet nor do we know how many of our fallen Marines have been recovered,” the USMC said in a statement.
While the identity of the remains found remains unknown, the Associated Press misidentified them as being Corporal Daniel Baker of Illinois.
The remains were found during a successful operation to find the C-130’s cockpit data recorder, and have since been sent to Dover Air Force Base for forensic identification.
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