Air Force F-15C crashes off coast of Okinawa, pilot rescued but in serious condition

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle takes off from the runway Feb.13, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15 Eagle’s air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

The U.S. military says an Air Force F-15C fighter jet crashed in waters off Japan’s southern island of Okinawa on Monday.  The F-15C was from Kadena Air Base, which said in a released statement that the pilot was able to eject and be rescued.

“We have been notified that the pilot is in serious condition. Our hearts and prayers go to the pilot and his family as they go through this difficult time,” Kadena Air Base said in a Tweet.

The pilot was taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster.

Another tweet from the base offered more information:

“The cause of the 6:30 a.m. crash is under investigation. The F-15 from the Air Force’s Kadena Air Base in Okinawa was on a routine training mission.”

Col. Richard Tanner, 18th Wing vice commander, thanked the Naha-based rescue squadron for its quick response.

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

Kadena has temporarily paused F-15 training while the 18th Wing reviews “operational, maintenance and safety procedures with unit personnel,” according to the statement released by the base.

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