Pilot error to blame for June F-15C crash south of Okinawa, reports say
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.
“This accident happened because the pilot was spatially disoriented and made a wrong decision to gain back control of the aircraft and ultimately it led to losing control,” the Japan Ministry of Defense wrote in its report, which was released Wednesday. “No mechanical errors were found in the F-15C.”
The incident occurred at 6:17 a.m. local time June 11 approximately 70 miles south of Kadena Air Base during a simulated dogfight between F-15C Eagles from Kadena’s 44th Fighter Squadron and F-22 Raptors on deployment to Japan from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 525th Fighter Squadron, according to a report released Tuesday by Pacific Air Forces.
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