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US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan's Okinawa

US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan's Okinawa

A U.S. Air Force F-15C fighter jet crashed into the sea near Okinawa, Japan, on Monday morning, but the pilot was able to safely eject, officials said.

JAPAN- A US F15 fighter jet crashed off the southern coast of Japan on Monday but the pilot ejected and was rescued by Japanese forces, Tokyo's defence minister said. He is reported to have a broken leg, but is otherwise safe.

The F-15, stationed at the U.S. Kadena Air Base on the main Okinawa island, was involved in training with six other aircraft before the accident.

The base is the US's main hub of airpower in the Pacific, according to its website.

The incident marks the 12th crash involving U.S. military aircraft this fiscal year.

There was no immediate confirmation of the crash from the defence ministry, which said it was gathering information on the report, or the U.S. military.

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"I will ask for detailed reports about why it happened", he added.

"If the problems remain unresolved and another crash occurs, people may become used to it and think that this is how things stand in Okinawa Prefecture", Onaga told reporters. "We would like to continue asking for their flight safety".

"The Japanese government doesn't have the capacity to address the problems as its own", the governor said.

F-15 local training has been temporarily stopped while the operational, maintenance and safety procedures are being reviewed at the base.

Significant maintenance issues regarding F-15s have been on the radar in the United States, forcing a portion of the Air National Guard's fleet to be grounded in March.

Many residents of Okinawa associate the USA military bases with crime, accidents and pollution and want them moved off the island.


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