Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Pilot injured in US F-15 crash off Okinawa, Japan

Pilot injured in US F-15 crash off Okinawa, Japan

The U.S. military says an Air Force F-15C fighter jet crashed in waters off Japan's southern island of Okinawa Monday.

The NHK TV said the pilot was rescued, but suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg.

"We have been notified that the pilot is in serious condition".

The pilot, the only person in the aircraft, ejected successfully and was recovered by search and rescue crews, the statement said.

"I would like to personally thank the Naha Rescue Squadron for their quick response this morning, which led to the safe recovery of our Airman".

Onodera said he has asked the USA military to provide information about the accident, implement thorough safety management and take measures to prevent a recurrence. The U.S. military has launched an investigation into the crash.

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

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A US Air Force F-15 is seen in 2009 taking off at Kadena U.S. Air Force Base on Japan's southwestern island of Okinawa. "I will ask for detailed reports about why it happened".

Note that the incident occurred on June 10. Citing local people's concerns, he said the prefecture will lodge a protest on the matter. F-15 training has been halted until the 18'th Wing's safety, operations and procedures are reviewed.

"We can not fulfill our responsibilities for our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", he said.

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

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

The Okinawa Prefectural Government called on the USA military to suspend F-15 flights for safety reasons.

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