U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier Fighter Jet Crashes Off Coast of Okinawa, Japan

September 22, 2016 10:04 AM

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U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier Fighter Jet Crashes Off Coast of Okinawa, Japan

TOKYO — A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier fighter jet crashed Thursday into the ocean off the coast of southwestern Okinawa in Japan, but the pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was rescued.

The U.S. military in Camp Butler in Okinawa said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The aircraft had been assigned to Okinawa, which hosts more than half of the 50,000 U.S. troops based in Japan under a bilateral security agreement.

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