Japanese F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet Goes Missing Over Sea of Japan

Japanese F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet Goes Missing Over Sea of Japan
Koku-Jieitai pilots race to two Mitsubishi F-15J Eagles during a scramble demonstration as part of a 10-day U.S.-Japan Bilateral Career Training at Chitose Air Base, Japan, April 14, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet lost radar contact just after takeoff from Komatsu Air Base. Search operations are being conducted.

The Eagle belongs to the Tactical Fighter Training Group (the aggressor unit) and was on a training flight at the time of the accident.

An eyewitness of red light on the water is reported at a fishing port. Some debris is found around the accident site, but it is not confirmed yet that they are from the accident airplane.

An unconfirmed report says a person (or two) is being recovered over the sea.

The ASDF said it found some floating objects in the area where the plane disappeared from radar during its search and rescue operation.

Japan has occasionally seen accidents involving its air force, including in 2019 when an F-35A stealth jet crashed into the sea after the pilot suffered spatial disorientation.

The crash sparked a scramble to recover the pilot and secrets onboard the plane.

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