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US F-15 Pilot in Serious Condition after Crash Near Japan

US F-15 Pilot in Serious Condition after Crash Near Japan

It added the pilot successfully ejected and was recovered.

The F-15 fighter jet of the US Air Force crashed in the sea near the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Monday, the Kyodo news agency said.

The pilot ejected and was picked up by Japanese forces.

The plane can be equipped with a number of different air-to-air weapons that included AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles.

The fighter crash is one of a string of recent USA military mishaps in Japan.

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.

Officials said the aircraft was conducting a routine training mission when it crashed.

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

Kadena is the largest U.S. military base in Japan, which hosts around 47,000 American troops under a decades-long security alliance.

F-15 fighters have also crashed off Okinawa Prefecture in May 2013, January 2006 and August 2002.

Calling for a detailed report into the latest incident, Itsunori Onodera, Japan's defence minister, told Kyodo news agency: "Accidents of U.S. military aircraft are occurring repeatedly". "We would like to continue asking for their flight safety".

"We can not fulfill our responsibilities for our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", he said. "Your quick response proves once again how valuable an asset you are to the U.S./Japanese alliance", Kadena Air Base, where around 47,000 American troops are based, said in a statement on Twitter.

In December 2017, two alleged incidents of parts falling from helicopters onto civilian territory occurred.


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