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US F-15 fighter crashes into sea off Okinawa, pilot rescued

11 June 2018, 06:31 | Erica Roy

GettyF-15 fighter jets are twin-engined tactical fighters

US plane crash

The pilot, who was alone on board, was reportedly rescued with non life-threatening injuries following the crash, which took place around 6.30am on Monday morning.

The Japanese military "received information that a crew member of the F15 jet, which belongs to the Kadena Air Base, ejected above the sea some 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of" Naha, the regional capital of Japan's southern Okinawa island, Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

"Our hearts and prayers go to the pilot and his family as they go through this hard time", a post said.

The Air Force said in a statement Monday that the pilot ejected and has been rescued. A series of emergency landings and parts falling from US military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns. It occurred during a "routine training mission", the Air Force said.

Officials said the cause of the accident is unknown. "We would like to continue asking for their flight safety".

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

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

In a similar incident in May 2013, an F-15 fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the southern Japanese island of Okinawa due to technical problems in flight.

The American military presence on Okinawa has irritated Japanese civilians on the island and created tension in the otherwise warm relations between the USA and Japanese militaries.

"If that happens, we can not fulfill our responsibilities to our children and grandchildren", Onaga said.

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