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US F-15 fighter jet crashes near Japan’s Okinawa — Kyodo

June 11, 3:13 UTC+3 TOKYO

The pilot managed to eject before the crash, but his fate is unknown

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TOKYO, June 11. /TASS/. The F-15 fighter jet of the US Air Force crashed in the sea near the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Monday, the Kyodo news agency said.

According to the agency, the pilot managed to eject before the crash.

The NHK TV said the pilot was rescued, but suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg.

The incident occurred at about 6:00 local time (midnight Moscow time), about 80 km from Okinawa’s administrative capital Naha. The plane took off on a routine training mission.

The Okinawa island houses more than 70% of all US military facilities in Japan. The Kadena Air Base in Okinawa is the largest and most active US Air Force base outside the country’s borders.

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