Matt Burke

Pilot error to blame for June F-15C crash south of Okinawa, reports say

Pilot error was to blame for the F-15C Eagle crash into the ocean south of Okinawa in June that left an Air Force pilot in serious condition and led to a temporary pause in training, according to reports released this week by the U.S. military and Japanese government.

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