III MEF Commander Orders Operational Pause For Harriers In Okinawa After Crash

By: Megan Eckstein, USNI News

“All Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jets operating out of Okinawa, Japan, have been ordered to take an operational pause after a crash yesterday.

A Harrier crashed into the ocean about 100 nautical miles east of Okinawa, and the pilot safely ejected and was rescued by a U.S. Air Force unit and the Japan Coast Guard. The pilot has since been released from the hospital, the Marine Corps said in a statement today.

III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson ordered a temporary operational pause after the crash to allow for a detailed inspection of all jets.”

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