Via The Mainichi Daily News / Kyodo:
TOKYO (Kyodo) — An F-15 fighter from the Air Self-Defense Force’s Naha Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture crashed during a training flight over the East China Sea Tuesday morning, Defense Ministry officials said.
An ASDF rescue plane found the vertical tail of the fighter floating in the sea shortly after 11 a.m. and some other parts afterward, the officials said.
The pilot, Maj. Yuji Kawakubo, 37, remains unaccounted for despite an ongoing search by the ASDF and the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th Regional Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa.
Kawakubo radioed a “Mayday” distress call shortly before his plane disappeared from radar around 10:33 a.m. while over the sea 180 kilometers northwest of the Naha air base, the officials said. The aircraft was on a training mission together with other fighter planes. (Link)
Mike Yeo at The Base Leg notes on the ASDF’s organization:
Naha (OKA/ROAH) is home to the F-15J/DJs of the JASDF’s 203 Hikotai (Squadron)/83 Kokutai (Wing), operating alongside other JASDF units at Naha and sharing the premises with Okinawa’s main civilian airport. (Link)
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