U.S. Navy Fighter Crashes off Okinawa


Naha, Okinawa Pref., Nov. 12 (Jiji Press)--An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet of the U.S. Navy crashed off Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan on Monday, apparently due to engine trouble, Japanese officials said.

The fighter jet plunged into waters about 290 kilometers east-southeast of the prefectural capital of Naha around 11:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. GMT), according to the Defense Ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau and other sources.

The two crew members ejected and were safely rescued by a U.S. helicopter around 12:10 p.m. There was no confirmed damage to civilian ships.

The Navy jet, which belonged to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, is believed to have suffered an engine problem before the crash.

"The accident is very regrettable as it could make people in the prefecture uneasy," Kiichiro Jahana, vice governor of Okinawa, told reporters.

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