Japan Recovers Second Body From Crashed F-15 Jet

The Japanese military said on Monday it has recovered the body of the second pilot who were aboard a fighter jet that crashed into the Sea of Japan late last month.

Pilots Col. Koji Tanaka, 52, and Capt. Ryusei Ueta, 33 were aboard the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) F-15 fighter jet that disappeared off radar soon after taking off from Komatsu air base for a training exercise on Jan. 31.

The military found one body on Friday and the second on Sunday. The order of the pilots found was not disclosed to avoid affecting the investigation.

Sections of the plane have been discovered in waters off the Ishikawa region, while the cause of its crash is still unknown.

After the accident, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi instructed ASDF aircraft to be carefully inspected before any flight, although he said that the defense ministry does not plan to halt F-15 flights in light of the incident.

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