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Jul 6, 2011 By Leithen Francis AviationWeek.com


Singapore - Japan has temporarily grounded its entire fleet of F-15s, following an accident yesterday in which a F-15 on a training mission crashed off the coast of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa.


The aircraft’s pilot is missing and, considering it is unclear whether the crash occurred because of pilot error or an aircraft malfunction, the F-15 fleet nationwide has been temporarily grounded, say local news reports, quoting officials from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and Japan’s Ministry of Defense.


The F-15J, which was stationed at Okinawa’s Naha airbase, crashed approximately 185kms northwest of Naha at around 10:30hr local time on July 5, while involved in a training mission with three other F-15s, say the officials. Wreckage of the aircraft, such as one of the tail fins, has been found at sea, but the pilot is still missing, they add.


The JASDF had 161 F-15s prior to the crash, according to Forecast International.

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