United States military jet crashes off of Okinawa; 1 rescued

United States military jet crashes off of Okinawa; 1 rescued

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), at sea, August 27, 2016.

Japan's Defence Ministry quoted local media as saying that a US Air Force AV-8B Harrier II fighter jet crashed after taking off from Kadena Air Base.

The jet, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, went down about 2 p.m. 100 nautical miles east of Okinawa, a Marine Corps statement said.

Crashes are sensitive. In 2004, a USA military helicopter crashed into a university campus in Okinawa, although students were on summer vacation and the accident did not cause any civilian deaths or injuries.

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It's believed the flight was a routine training mission and the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft. The pilot ejected and was rescued.

In the U.S. military, the Harrier jet, which has vertical takeoff and landing capability, is primarily used by the Marines. It is scheduled to remain in service until 2025.

The US Air Force, meanwhile, are stationed at Kadena Air Base on the island. The pilot walked away.

As a result, the small archipelago prefecture (which takes up around 0.6 per cent of Japan's land area) is home to about 75 per cent of the United States military facilities in Japan, including nearly 20,000 troops plus their dependents. The US bases are a source of tension with the island's residents, largely due to their cost and safety concerns.

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