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US F-15 pilot in 'serious condition' after jet crash near Japan

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The jet reportedly took off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and crashed some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the coast.

An American F-15 fighter jet has crashed into the sea off the island of Okinawa in southern Japan.

According to the agency, the pilot managed to eject before the crash.

The pilot remained in contact with rescuers after ejecting and is now recovering in stable condition at a military hospital in Okinawa, a US Air Force official said.

No one else was injured or involved but the crash has raised fresh questions about the safety of United States military flights in the region after a spate of accidents.

The incident marks the 12th crash involving US military aircraft this fiscal year.

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Interested in Japan? Add Japan as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Japan news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "We will continue asking them to ensure safety", he said.

"If that happens, we can not fulfill our responsibilities to our children and grandchildren", Onaga said.

The American military presence on Okinawa has irritated Japanese civilians on the island and created tension in the otherwise warm relations between the USA and Japanese militaries.

No damage has been confirmed to ships operating in the sea near the crash site.

The Okinawa island houses more than 70% of all USA military facilities in Japan. The US fighter jet belonged the American Kadena airbase in Okinawa, Kyodo reported, citing government sources.

Among more recent notable cases, an MV-22 Osprey aircraft made a crash-landing into waters off Nago, leaving two injured, while a CH-53E helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames near a residential area in Higashi in October 2017.

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