A US Navy fighter jet has crashed into the Philippine Sea in the south of Okinawa Island in Japan during training operation after experiencing a mechanical problem.
US fighter jet crashed in the Philippine Sea in the south of Okinawa Island.
The F/A-18 Hornet was on its regular operations when the crashed occurred and it also forced the two crew to eject.
The fighter jet crashed almost 250 kilometers (156 miles) east-southeast of Okinawa’s at around 11:45 a.m.
The US 7th Fleet further informed that they rescued the pair from the water in good condition. Okinawa Island is famous for hosting US military bases and thousands of personnel. The investigations have started to find the cause of the crash.
According to a spokesperson, Japan’s coastguard also deployed an aircraft to confirm if crash left any wreckage or floating oil.
The current crash is the second incident relating to the USS Ronald Reagan. Earlier, in October at least 12 people sustained injuries after a US Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter crash on the flight deck of the carrier.
The US 7th Fleet deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. It is consists of at least 50 regular ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and almost 20,000 sailors.
Okinawa consisted on one percent of Japan’s total land area. However, it hosts half of the 47,000 American military personnel positioned in Japan.
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