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Pilot injured in US F-15 crash off Okinawa, Japan

June 11, 2018

This May, 2017 photo shows a U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet at Kadena Air Base on the southern island of Okinawa in Japan. 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. (Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — The pilot of a U.S. F-15C fighter jet was hospitalized in serious condition after it crashed Monday in waters south of Okinawa in southern Japan, the Air Force said.

The pilot, who was not identified, ejected and was rescued by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

The cause of the 6:30 a.m. crash is under investigation, the Air Force said. It said the F-15C from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa was on a routine training mission.

The heavy U.S. military presence in Okinawa has been the source of friction with the local government and some residents. About half of the 50,000 American troops in Japan are stationed on the southern island.

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