Thursday, 21 June, 2018

SDF rescues pilot after US F-15 crashes off Okinawa:The Asahi Shimbun

US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan - reports American F-15 fighter jet crashes in the sea off southern Japan
Sammy Stanley | 13 June, 2018, 13:52

The F-15C from the Air Force's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa was on a routine training mission.

A US F-15 fighter jet crashed off the southern coast of Japan on Monday (June 11), local media reported, adding that the jet's pilot ejected and was rescued by Japanese forces.

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.

The pilot was taken to the US Naval Hospital at Camp Foster, according to Kadena's official Twitter account.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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The incident is the latest in a series of aviation mishaps over the past year that have left 18 airmen and crew dead and dozens more injured.

"I want to firmly demand safe flights", he said adding that he has asked the US military to implement safety management thoroughly and take measures to prevent a recurrence.

The incident was the second crash involving a US-made aircraft in the region in the span of one week.

"Accidents of US military aircraft are occurring repeatedly", he said, according to the Kyodo news agency.

The Okinawa government asked the U.S. military to suspend F-15 flights until they are confirmed safe, while the prefectural government and local towns hosting the base are set to lodge protests against the United States military. "We will continue asking them to ensure safety", he said. Last Monday, a Taiwanese pilot perished when his F-16 fighter crashed in the mountains of Taiwan at the start of annual live-fire drills.

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