Us Fighter Jet Crashes Off Japan Coast

Us Fighter Jet Crashes Off Japan Coast

An Air Force pilot was in "serious condition" Monday after a fighter jet crashed into waters south of Okinawa in southern Japan.

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

This accident has again raised questions about the safety of US military flights in the region, after a series of emergency landings and parts falling from USA military aircraft.

The incident occurred at about 6:00 local time (midnight Moscow time), about 80 km from Okinawa's administrative capital Naha.

The latest crash adds to a slew of other accidents involving USA military aircraft in recent years, which have fanned safety concerns and local opposition to the military bases there.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said he has told the United States military to take steps to ensure safety and prevent similar accidents.

The pilot managed to eject before the plane crashed and was reportedly in serious condition at a US Naval hospital, the release added. "We would like to continue asking for their flight safety", said Itsunori Onodera, Japan's defense minister, to Japanese wire service Kyodo on Monday.

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

A US military base in Japan temporary grounds all F-15's following a crash just off the coast of Okinawa.

The Japanese government is therefore moving ahead with the plan to relocate the airbase from an urban area in central Okinawa to the less populated Henoko district.

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