(KADENA AIR BASE, Japan) — The pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed early Tuesday morning was rescued from the ocean east of Okinawa.
The plane was flying out of the U.S. Air Force Base at Kadena and suffered difficulties about 15 minutes into the flight that forced the pilot to eject and the aircraft the crash into the water approximately 70 miles east of Okinawa, according to a press release from the United States Forces Japan.
American and Japanese crews responded to the scene of the accident and recovered the pilot about one hour later.
The pilot’s name has not been released.
Despite the plane’s generally good safety record, the crash is the third major incident in the past decade involving an F-15 jet in Okinawa.
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