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After U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes Into Ocean, Base Grounds Fleet

13 June 2018, 11:40 | Devin Moran

US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan - reports

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

The F-15C Eagle jet, from Kadena Air Base in Okinawan, was taking part in a routine training mission when the pilot was forced to eject before the aircraft plunged into the sea.

The incident occurred at about 6:00 local time (midnight Moscow time), about 80 km from Okinawa's administrative capital Naha.

The pilot was taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster, according to Kadena's official Twitter account, which later said the pilot was in serious condition.

The F-15 is the Air Force's legacy air superiority fighter and costs $29.9 million per jet.

The jet was flying out of the U.S. military facility of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

According to Stars and Stripes, this is the 12th crash involving US military aircraft this year.




Onodera said he has asked the US military to provide information about the accident, implement thorough safety management and take measures to prevent a recurrence.

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

The lone pilot involved in Monday's accident "successfully ejected", officials said in a release. "We would like to continue asking for their flight safety", said Itsunori Onodera, Japan's defense minister, to Japanese wire service Kyodo on Monday.

The U.S. Air Force is also considering replacing the F-15s, worth around $36 million each, with F-16 fighting falcons by 2020.

A USA military base in Japan temporary grounds all F-15's following a crash just off the coast of Okinawa.



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