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Search and rescue effort underway for Marine F/A-18 pilot

By 1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield | III Marine Expeditionary Force | December 7, 2016


A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot ejected from his aircraft today at approximately 6:40 p.m. approximately 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan.

Search and rescue efforts are currently underway.

The aircraft was assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. 

The aircraft was conducting regularly scheduled training at the time of the mishap. The cause of the incident is under investigation. There is no further information at this time.

For additional information contact III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs.


1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield

Public Affairs Officer, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

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Comm:  098-970-3841 (in Japan); +81-98-970-3841 (international)

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