World US Air Force fighter jet crashes off Okinawa; pilot ejects

08:06  11 june  2018
08:06  11 june  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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A U . S . Air Force F-15C fighter jet crashed off Okinawa , and the pilot was rescued. Last month, an Air Force training jet crashed in Mississippi during a routine training flight. Both pilots ejected safely.

A United States F-15 fighter jet that disappeared off the radar around 70 miles off the coast of Okinawa , Japan on Tuesday morning apparently crashed into the ocean. The pilot had ejected safely from the plane when it became obvious it was going down.

a fighter jet flying through a blue sky: A U.S. Air Force F-15C fighter jet crashed off Okinawa, and the pilot was rescued. © Provided by Fox News A U.S. Air Force F-15C fighter jet crashed off Okinawa, and the pilot was rescued.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C fighter jet from Kadena Air Base crashed into the sea south of Okinawa, Japan, early Monday morning local time, according to defense officials. 

The pilot ejected and was later rescued; nobody else was on the plane, the Air Force said.

The aircraft "was conducting a routine training mission," officials added, saying investigators would look into what may have sparked the crash.

It marked the sixth non-combat crash for the U.S. Air Force in 2018, following seven last year.

The Air Force had ordered a series of safety stand-downs of flying and maintenance wings so that crews can work to determine how to prevent future crashes, the Air Force Times reported.

Last month, an Air Force training jet crashed in Mississippi during a routine training flight. Both pilots ejected safely. That crash unfolded a few hours before Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

Weeks earlier, an Air Force cargo plane crashed outside Savannah, Ga., killing all nine aboard.

Kadena Air Base is located on Okinawa.

Fox News' Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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