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US F-15 jet crashes off Japan`s Okinawa

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 14:01

Beijing: A US F-15 jet crashed off Japan`s Okinawa prefecture on Tuesday morning, according to Japan`s Kyodo News.

Meanwhile, Japan`s 11th Region Coast Guard Headquarters said it was informed by the US Forces in Japan at around 9 am local time that an F-15 jet crashed 100 km east off Okinawa and the pilot escaped.

As of now, Japan has dispatched patrol aircraft and vessels to the accident site.

Japan`s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also said Japan has been informed about the incident and is gathering information on it.

The crashed fighter, along with other three F-15s, was on way to participate in training above Okinawa from the US Kadena airbase in the prefecture.

A US F-15 fighter crashed in 2006 and the pilot successfully escaped from the plane.


First Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 14:01

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