US fighter jet has crashed into the sea off Okinawa in Japan

US fighter jet crashes off Okinawa

US fighter jet crashes off Okinawa

An F-15 fighter jet belonging to the US Kadena air base crashed about 80 kms south of Naha city, Okinawa island early Monday.

The pilot ejected from the fighter jet and was safely recovered.

Military news website Stripes.com, however, reported that the pilot was in "serious condition".

The aircraft is deployed at the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

US Forces Japan confirmed the incident, which happened during a routine training mission.

"Accidents of US military aircraft are occurring repeatedly", he said, according to the Kyodo news agency.

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

A series of emergency landings and parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns.

The number of incidents involving U.S. military personnel and equipment in Japan has recently increased, fueling the nation's opposition to the local USA military bases. Japan's public broadcaster NHK said he had a broken leg.

According to sources close to the matter, the condition of the pilot who was rescued by the Japanese side after ejecting from the jet remains unknown. "If that happens, we can not fulfill our responsibilities to our children and grandchildren". "The Japanese government doesn't have the capacity to address the problems as its own", the governor added. Training operations with F-15 fighters will temporarily cease while operational, maintenance and safety procedures are reviewed, according to a statement from the base.

Significant maintenance issues regarding F-15s have been on the radar in the United States, forcing a portion of the Air National Guard's fleet to be grounded in March.