Marine pilot ejects from jet in Japan; search underway

A U.S. Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 fighter jet near Japan Wednesday has been recovered and pronounced dead a day later, officials said.

The pilot, identified as Captain Jake Frederick, was located by a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship, the statement said.

The crashed plane is assigned to the US Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, one of the main US military bases in Japan, which hosts tens of thousands of US military personnel. The cause of the crash is still unknown, ' Burns said.

A Japanese naval vessel found the body of a U.S.

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Several F/A-18 Hornets have crashed this year, and Wednesday's crash marks the fourth incident since October.

"The bilateral search and rescue efforts continued through the night with the United States military working closely with" Japan's Self-Defense Forces, it added.

A Marine Corps. jet crashed off the coast of Japan Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

The USS Montford Point, an expeditionary Transfer Dock, was searching the area and the guided missile destroyer USS Wilbur Curtis was moving to the search area, officials said at the time the search-and-rescue efforts were launched.

  • Kyle Warner