Pilot rescued after Kadena-based F-15C crashes into waters off Okinawa

Япония требует от США незамедлительных действий после крушения истребителя F-15 возле Окинавы

US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan - reports

The tweet said the pilot is in serious condition.

Military news website Stripes.com, however, reported that the pilot was in "serious condition".

US Forces Japan confirmed the incident, which happened during a routine training mission. The pilot, who was the only one on-board, ejected from the aircraft and was successfully recovered by rescue crews, the statement said.

"We've asked the USA side to provide information, strengthen safety control and take preventive measures", Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Monday morning.

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Okinawa hosts the bulk of the USA military bases and assets in Japan, yet the island accounts for just a fraction of Japan's total land mass, Xinhua reported.

It is the 12th U.S. military aircraft crash so far this year.

According to Stars and Stripes, this is the 12th crash involving US military aircraft this year. Citing local people's concerns, he said the prefecture will lodge a protest on the matter.

"We can not fulfil our responsibilities to our children and their children if such a situation becomes the norm", Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga said.

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"The Japanese government doesn't have the capacity to address the problems as its own", the governor said.

The F-15C, assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron of the 18th Wing, crashed at approximately 6:26 a.m.

The U.S. Air Force is also considering replacing the F-15s, worth around $36 million each, with F-16 fighting falcons by 2020.

Speaking to reporters at the prefectural government office, Governor Takeshi Onaga said that the US military has had a series of aircraft troubles and accidents.

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As Reuters additionally reported, the Japanese government is actively relocating the Futenma air base from its current location to the Henoko district of Nago city in the northern, and less populated, area of the island.

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