Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kadena-based USAF F-15C crashes off Okinawa; pilot rescued

18th Wing F-15C Eagle

A United States Air Force F-15 Eagle from Kadena Air Base has crashed into the Pacific Ocean this morning Okinawa time. A Japanese military search-and-rescue team recovered the pilot around 10 a.m., about an hour after he ejected safely. The F-15 developed an unspecified problem leading to the pilot’s ejection about 70 miles (~115 km) northeast of Okinawa, the Kadena Air Base public affairs office said.

The USAF said the incident will be investigated and more details will be released as they become available. Kadena Air Base, on the island of Okinawa, is home to the USAF's 18th Wing which has two squadrons (the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadron) of F-15C/D Eagles.

EDIT: The USAF has now grounded Kadena's F-15s for one day to carry out a safety review and inspect the Wing's aircraft following the crash.

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