Kadena-based F-15C crashes into waters off Okinawa

Kadena-based F-15C crashes into waters off Okinawa

Kadena-based F-15C crashes into waters off Okinawa

The pilot remained in contact with rescuers after ejecting and is now recovering in stable condition at a military hospital in Okinawa, a US Air Force official said.

The base tweeted: "Around 6.36am this morning, a Kadena F-15C Eagle crashed in the water south of Okinawa".

A USA fighter jet has crashed into the sea off the Japanese island of Okinawa. The US fighter jet belonged the American Kadena airbase in Okinawa, Kyodo reported, citing government sources.

They have included emergency landings by USA military helicopters, a piece of a helicopter falling on a Japanese school ground, and a deadly crash previous year of an MV-22 Osprey that forced a massive rescue operation.

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Japanese coast guard and self-defence forces responded to the incident, reportedly dispatching an urgent rescue team to the crash site.

There are roughly 50,000 USA military personnel based in Japan, about half of them in Okinawa.

It is the 12th USA military aircraft crash so far this year.

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

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