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Air Force grounds F-15s on Okinawa for inspections

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TOKYO (AP) -

The U.S. Air Force has grounded its F-15 fighters on the southern Japan island of Okinawa following a crash that forced a pilot to eject over the Pacific Ocean.

   All F-15s attached to the 18th Wing on Okinawa's Kadena Air Base are to undergo safety inspections during the one-day stand down Wednesday to ensure that they are safe to fly.

   An F-15 developed problems during training on Tuesday that forced the pilot to eject. The plane was lost in the ocean but the pilot was rescued by a Japanese military helicopter and taken to a military hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

   It was the first crash of an F-15 from Kadena since January 2006.

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