F-15 goes down off Okinawa; pilot rescued at sea

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Three F-15 jets from Kadena Air Base refuel above Okinawa, Japan, from a KC-135 Stratotanker April 5, 2013.
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Three F-15 jets from Kadena Air Base refuel above Okinawa, Japan, from a KC-135 Stratotanker April 5, 2013.

F-15 goes down off Okinawa; pilot rescued at sea

by: Travis J. Tritten and Chiyomi Sumida | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: May 28, 2013

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa -- A U.S. Air Force pilot was rescued Tuesday after an F-15 aircraft from Kadena Air Base went down in the waters around Okinawa, the Japan Coast Guard said.

A Japanese military search and rescue team recovered the pilot around 10 a.m. after the servicemember ejected safely following the 9 a.m. crash, according to information from the coast guard and the Air Force.

The condition of the pilot or the cause of the crash could not be immediately confirmed. The F-15 developed an unspecified problem leading to the pilot’s ejection and then went down in the Pacific Ocean about 70 miles northeast of Okinawa, the Kadena Air Base public affairs office said.

The military did not identify the pilot. The Air Force said Tuesday morning the incident will be investigated and more details will be released as they become available.

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