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US Air Force Pilot Survives F-15 Crash Off Okinawa

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

An F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, takes off for a mission, November 2012.

The Japanese military rescued a U.S. Air Force pilot from the Pacific Ocean Tuesday after he was forced to eject from his disabled F-15 fighter jet off the coast of Okinawa.

According to a U.S. Air Force news release, Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron crews found the pilot roughly 70 miles east of Okinawa at around nine in the morning Japan time.

The pilot, assigned to Kadena Air Base, is in stable condition at an American military hospital. His identity has not yet been released.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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