US Air Force fighter jet crashes off Okinawa; pilot ejects

Япония требует от США незамедлительных действий после крушения истребителя F-15 возле Окинавы

A U.S. military F15 fighter jet crashed in waters off Okinawa during a routine training mission on Monday, U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement.

The pilot, who was the only one on board, ejected and was successfully recovered by rescue crews, the statement said.

The F-15 developed technical problems in flight, and the cause of the crash is under investigation, Lt Col David Honchul, the chief spokesman for the United States forces in Japan, told the Independent.

Reports say the pilot was taken by helicopter to a nearby USA naval hospital.

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A US Air Force F-15 is seen in 2009 taking off at Kadena U.S. Air Force Base on Japan's southwestern island of Okinawa. The US fighter jet belonged the American Kadena airbase in Okinawa, Kyodo reported, citing government sources. That crash unfolded a few hours before Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

It marked the sixth non-combat crash for the U.S. Air Force in 2018, following 7 a year ago.

As of 8.50am local time (12.50am on Sunday GMT) the Kadena Air Base tweeted to confirm the crash.

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