Air Force base grounds F-15s after crash in Japan

Air Force base grounds F-15s after crash in Japan

Air Force base grounds F-15s after crash in Japan

It added the pilot successfully ejected and was recovered.

The F-15C Eagle jet, from Kadena Air Base in Okinawan, was taking part in a routine training mission when the pilot was forced to eject before the aircraft plunged into the sea.

Japan's NHK television station said the rescued pilot suffered a broken leg.

The plane can be equipped with a number of different air-to-air weapons that included AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles.

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No one else was injured or involved but the crash has raised fresh questions about the safety of U.S. military flights in the region after a spate of accidents.

The aircraft was conducting a routine training mission with six other F-15 fighters at the time, and the pilot, the sole person on board, was ejected, according to the USA military and the ASDF.

Onodera said he has asked the US military to provide information about the accident, implement thorough safety management and take measures to prevent a recurrence. "Accidents involving United States military aircraft are occurring repeatedly".

"If that happens, we can not fulfill our responsibilities to our children and grandchildren", Onaga said.

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

Okinawa hosts the bulk of USA military facilities in Japan and the accident is likely to renew concerns among residents about the safety of US military aircraft. "I don't think there is a country like this among developed nations".

An F-15 fighter crashed into the sea off Okinawa in May 2013, and an object weighing 1.4kg fell off an F-15 fighter during a flight in February.

Officials said the cause of the accident is unknown.

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