U.S. fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2018

A US Air Force pilot is in "serious condition" Monday after a fighter jet crashed into the ocean south of Okinawa in southern Japan.

The incident occurred at about 6:00 local time (midnight Moscow time), about 80 km from Okinawa's administrative capital Naha.

Japan's Self-Defense Force's F-15 fighter jets (top and 2nd from top) conduct an air exercise with U.S. Navy F/A 18 Hornet aircrafts in the skies above the Sea of Japan, Japan, in this photo released by the Air Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan Nov. 13, 2017.

The base is the US's main hub of airpower in the Pacific, according to its website.

A US military base in Japan temporary grounds all F-15's following a crash just off the coast of Okinawa.

The number of incidents involving U.S. military personnel and equipment in Japan has recently increased, fueling the nation's opposition to the local USA military bases. "I want to firmly demand safe flights". The Air Force has launched an investigation following the accident.

There was no immediate confirmation of the crash from the defence ministry, which said it was gathering information on the report, or the United States military.

"Japan also uses the same type of aircraft", Onodera said.

The Okinawa prefectural government has called for the grounding of all F-15s.

The jet was flying out of the U.S. military facility of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

"We can not fulfil our responsibilities to our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga said.

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