Thursday, 13 December, 2018

U.S. F-15C fighter jet crashes off Japan's Okinawa

Kadena Air Base Japan. NICK EMERICK  U.S. AIR FORCE U.S. AIR FORCE
Jeannette Daniel | 11 June, 2018, 18:30

The US military is investigating the cause of the latest accident "but I've requested they share information with us and that they take firm safety measures to prevent a repeat", Onodera said. "Our hearts and prayers go to the pilot and his family as they go through this hard time", Kadena airbase wrote on their Twitter account.

The pilot flying the aircraft, stationed at Kadena Air Base - America's largest airbase in east Asia - was able to eject and was safely recovered by rescue teams.

After Monday's incident, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera once again called on the US military to ensure the safety of its aircraft and prevent future occurrences.

Kadena has temporarily paused F-15 training while the 18th Wing reviews "operational, maintenance and safety procedures with unit personal", the statement added.

"We can not fulfill our responsibilities for our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", he said. The Air Force has launched an investigation following the accident.

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The F 15 Eagle aircraft crashed at around 6.40am on Monday local time, around 80km south of Naha city in the island's south. The pilot remained in contact with the rescuers after ejecting himself from the plane and was rescued.

A U.S. F-15 jet fighter leaves after an airstrike against Taliban insurgent positions in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, near the border with Pakistan, Aug. 28, 2011.

"We can not fulfil our responsibilities to our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga said.

Okinawa hosts the bulk of US military facilities in Japan and the accident is likely to renew concerns among residents about the safety of USA military aircraft.

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