After U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes Into Ocean, Base Grounds Fleet

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The U.S. military says an Air Force F-15C fighter jet has crashed in waters south of Okinawa in southern Japan Monday, June 11, 2018.

The pilot flying the aircraft, stationed at Kadena Air Base - America's largest airbase in east Asia - was able to eject and was safely recovered by rescue teams. He is reported to have a broken leg, but is otherwise safe.

The F-15, belonging to the US Kadena Air Base, crashed at around 6.25am about 80km south of Naha, the prefectural capital of Okinawa, during training, they said.

The base is the US's main hub of airpower in the Pacific, according to its website.

The pilot has been transferred to a hospital and is in "serious condition", the US Air Force in Kadena said.

"I want to firmly demand safe flights", he said adding that he has asked the USA military to implement safety management thoroughly and take measures to prevent a recurrence.

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     ACCIDENT The pilot has been rushed to hospital with a broken leg
GETTY ACCIDENT The pilot has been rushed to hospital with a broken leg

No one else was injured or involved but the crash has raised fresh questions about the safety of USA military flights in the region after a spate of accidents.

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

The jet was flying out of the United States military facility of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

A US military base in Japan temporary grounds all F-15's following a crash just off the coast of Okinawa. "We will continue asking them to ensure safety", he said.

An F-15 also crashed into the sea off Okinawa in May 2013.

Officials said the cause of the accident is unknown.

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