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UPDATED: US F-15 fighter jet pilot in serious condition after crash into ocean off Japanese coast

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle takes off from the Portland Air National Guard Base Oct. 2, 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd)
June 10, 2018

A U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashed into the ocean near Okinawa, Japan, at 6:28 a.m. local Okinowa time Sunday.

An updated statement from Kadena Air Base noted that the the pilot ejected and was recovered by Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Naha Rescue Squadron.

The pilot has been transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Foster and is in serious condition.

All F-15 local training operations have been temporarily paused while the 18th Wing reviews operational, maintenance and safety procedures with unit personnel.

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More than 20,000 American service members, family members and Japanese employees live or work on Kadena Air Base.

Col. Richard Tanner, 18th Wing Vice Commander, said: “I would like to personally thank the Naha Rescue Squadron for their quick response this morning, which led to the safe recovery of our Airman.”

Tanner continued: “I sincerely appreciate the strong support of our Japanese partners in this difficult situation.”

The circumstances as to why the jet crashed are not known at this time, and a board of officers will conduct an investigation.

A tweet stated: “Around 0636 this morning, a Kadena F-15C Eagle crashed in the water south of Okinawa. The pilot successfully ejected and was safely recovered by Search and Rescue teams.”

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The crash comes the same day that President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un both arrived in Singapore for their highly anticipated summit.

Kadena thanked the Japan Air Self-Defense Force for their quick response.

Kadena Air Base is a U.S. Air Force base in Kadena and Chatan in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

Kadena Air Base is home to the U.S. Air Force’s 18th Wing, the 353d Special Operations Group, reconnaissance units, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, and a variety of associated units. It is the largest and most active U.S. Air Force base in the Far East.