JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima


July 5, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Naha base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, at 10:29am on July 5, an F-15 fighter aircraft based in Naha went missing at a point north of Kume-jima, about 180 kilometers northwest of Naha.
Smoke and oil were found on the surface of the sea about 140 kilometers northwest of the lighthouse on Ie-jima. At 11:26am that same day, a JASDF search plane found what may be the tail of the missing F-15. The whereabouts of the pilot of the single-seat jet fighter are still unknown and a JASDF rescue team is continuing its search.

According to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, the Maritime Self-Defense Force stated that on around 10:47am that same day, “We received a distress signal from the fighter and the crew of a rescue aircraft confirmed the presence of oil and smoke on the sea at the possible scene of the accident. A spokesperson for the Naha base said, “The missing JASDF aircraft took off from Naha Airport on a training mission at 9:59am that day.”

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Naha City Mayor makes request regarding the F-15 crash.

July 7, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo.

Takeshi Onaga (left), the Mayor of Naha City, suggests a safety inspection of F-15s to the base commander of the JASDF Naha, Masashi Yamada, on July 7.

With regard to the F-15 fighter crash, in the afternoon of July 7, Takeshi Onaga visited the Naha base of the Japan Air Self‐Defense Force (JASDF) within Naha Airport to meet the base commander, Masashi Yamada. Onaga stated, “If the crash had occurred in the vicinity of Naha Airport it could have involved commercial aircraft and caused a major disaster. I request that safety inspections of all aircraft belonging to JASDF be conducted immediately. We also strongly request that you take preventive measures to avoid accidents and to publish the results of the investigation into the F-15 crash.”

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(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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