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Harrier crashes off the coast of Okinawa, pilot rescued


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

The U.S. military in Camp Butler in said the cause of Thursday’s crash is still under investigation.

The aircraft had been assigned to , which hosts more than half of the 50,000 U.S. troops based in Japan under a bilateral security agreement.

Other details were not immediately available. The Japanese Coast Guard also confirmed the crash, which was about 153 kilometres (95 miles) east of the main Okinawan island.

People in have complained about crashes, noise from aircraft and crime by service members for years, and some say they are unfairly burdened with housing U.S. troops.

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