BAGHDAD, A US F-15 fighter crashed into the sea in southern Japan on Monday morning, but the pilot managed to get out and Japanese troops rescued him.
"The pilot of the US Air Force base in Kadina threw himself off the plane when he was about 80 kilometers south of Naha, the regional capital of Japan's southernmost island of Okinawa," Defense Minister Atsunori Onodera told reporters.
"About an hour after receiving an alert, the Japanese military spotted the pilot and helped him," the Minister said.
According to the Japanese broadcaster NHK, the pilot was injured in a leg fracture, but his life is not at risk.
The island of Okinawa, occupied by the Americans after World War II and returned to Japan in 1972, has more than half of the 47,000 US troops stationed in Japan.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency