U.S. fighter jet crashes off Japan coast

  • U.S. fighter jet crashes off Japan coast

U.S. fighter jet crashes off Japan coast

The crash occurred around 6.40am local time on Monday about 50 miles off the coastal city of Naha, and the pilot was rescued after ejecting, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

"We have been notified that the pilot is in serious condition".

The pilot was taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster, according to Kadena's official Twitter account, which later said the pilot was in serious condition.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said he has told the USA military to take steps to ensure safety and prevent similar accidents.

The latest crash adds to a slew of other accidents involving United States military aircraft in recent years, which have fanned safety concerns and local opposition to the military bases there. "We would like to continue asking for their flight safety". The Air Force has launched an investigation following the accident. The last F-15 based out of Kadena to crash was in 2006.

An American F-15 fighter jet has crashed into the sea off the island of Okinawa in southern Japan. The pilot remained in contact with the rescuers after ejecting himself from the plane and was rescued.

"We can not fulfil our responsibilities to our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga said. "The Japanese government doesn't have the capacity to address the problems as its own", the governor added.

The base said it has "temporarily paused F-15 local training operations while the 18th Wing reviews operational, maintenance and safety procedures with unit personnel".

The American military presence on Okinawa has irritated Japanese civilians on the island and created tension in the otherwise warm relations between the USA and Japanese militaries.