USAF Grounds F-15s in Okinawa Following Crash

Better safe than sorry, at least that's the approach being…

Better safe than sorry, at least that’s the approach being taken by the U.S. Air Force as it grounded its F-15 fighters on the southern Japan island of Okinawa for a safety review Wednesday following a crash that forced a pilot to eject over the Pacific Ocean.

All F-15s attached to the 18th Wing on Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base are to undergo inspections during the one-day stand down to ensure that they are safe to fly, the military announced.

An F-15 developed problems during training on Tuesday that forced the pilot to eject. The plane was lost in the ocean but the pilot was rescued by a Japanese military helicopter and taken to a military hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. No further details, including the pilot’s name, have been released.


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