WASHINGTON (AP) _ A U.S. military tanker plane crashed into a mountain in Pakistan, killing seven Marines, the Pentagon said.

Pentagon officials said there said there were no signs that the plane, a KC-130 used for in-flight refueling or hauling cargo, was brought down by hostile action.

The crash occurred late Wednesday night local time, and a search-and-rescue mission continued into the next morning. The Pentagon identified the dead Marines shortly before midnight in Washington.