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U.S. fighter jet drills suspended after crash off Okinawa


The U.S. Air Force said drills involving its F-15 fighter jets scheduled for Wednesday will be suspended for safety checks after one of the aircraft crashed in waters off Okinawa on Tuesday.

The 18th Wing on the U.S. Kadena Air Base said it is normal to suspend drills of the jet after a serious incident. An F-15 crashed into the Pacific Ocean east of the main island of Okinawa in southern Japan during a training flight Tuesday morning, but the pilot was rescued uninjured.

In January 2006, an F-15 plunged into the Pacific off Uruma in the central part of Okinawa Island, prompting the prefectural government to demand that F-15 training flights be suspended.