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Japan says missing F-15 fighter likely crashed, crew missing

TOKYO: A missing Japanese F-15 frontline fighter is believed to have crashed and its two crew members stay unaccounted for, Japan stated on Tuesday (Feb 1).

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force jet disappeared from air site visitors management radars on Monday shortly after take-off, round 5km from Komatsu air base on the Sea of Japan coast, which has two tactical fighter squadrons, based on the defence ministry.

Speaking to reporters, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi dismissed an early media report that one of many pilots had been discovered.

Search and rescue helicopters and three coast guard ships continued their search after earlier discovering plane particles within the sea, the Japan Coast Guard stated in a press launch.

Most of the Boeing F-15 jets flown by Japan had been constructed beneath licence by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and so they have been Japan’s mainstay frontline fighters for 4 a long time, recurrently scrambling to reply to Chinese and Russian plane probing the nation’s airspace.

Japan has round 200 F-15s, half of which shall be upgraded by Boeing to increase their working life and enhance functionality.

Most of Japan’s F-15s are single-seat plane, with the two-seater variant used for coaching.

In 2019, a Japanese Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter on a coaching mission crashed into the Pacific Ocean after its pilot likely skilled spatial disorientation.

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