US F-15 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Sea Off Okinawa

F-15 fighter jet

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

A U.S. military F15 fighter jet crashed in waters off Okinawa during a routine training mission on Monday, U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement.

Reports say the pilot was taken by helicopter to a nearby United States naval hospital. The US fighter jet belonged the American Kadena airbase in Okinawa, Kyodo reported, citing government sources.

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Kadena is the largest U.S. military base in Japan, which hosts around 47,000 American troops under a decades-long security alliance.

A Japanese Self Defense Force helicopter participated in the rescue effort in cooperation with the U.S. military.

The incident comes as President Donald Trump travels in East Asia for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The last F-15 based out of Kadena to crash was in 2006.

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