US F-15 Crashes off Okinawa; Pilot Safe

The pilot survived after ejecting before the plane crashed

The pilot survived after ejecting before the plane crashed

Kadena Air Base has paused all F-15 Eagle flying operations after a pilot crashed in the early hours Monday morning off the coast of Okinawa, the base said Monday.

"Our hearts and prayers go to the pilot and his family as they go through this hard time", a post said.

The craft had taken off from the US Air Force's Kadena Base in Okinawa at around 6.40am local time on Monday (10.40pm Sunday GMT).

"I sincerely appreciate the strong support of our Japanese partners in this hard situation", he said in an 18th Wing statement issued Monday evening.

Officials said the cause of the accident is unknown. It occurred during a "routine training mission", the Air Force said.

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. "Accidents involving U.S. military aircraft are occurring repeatedly".


"We can not fulfill our responsibilities for our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", he said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is moving ahead with a contentious plan to relocate the U.S. Marines' Futenma airbase from an urban area in central Okinawa to the less populated Henoko district of Nago city in the island's north. They are also expected to lodge formal protests with the USA military.

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

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 F-15 is the Air Force's legacy air superiority fighter and costs $29.9 million per jet.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.