An American military plane crashed near the Japanese island of Yakushima

A US military aircraft "Osprey" (Osprey) crashed into the ocean near the Japanese island of Yakushima, the Japanese Coast Guard said.

There were eight people on the plane and there is no information about their condition.

The accident happened around 14:47 local time. Local residents reported that flames were seen on the left engine of the plane before it crashed into the ocean.

Yakushima is one of the islands of the Ohsumi Archipelago in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture.

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