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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