Search underway after Marine pilot ejects from F/A-18 near Japan

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IWAKUNI, Japan (WAVY) — A search and rescue effort is underway after a Marine pilot ejected off the coast of Japan.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Marine officials said the pilot ejected Tuesday night from a F/A-18 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan.

The fighter was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan.

Officials say the pilot was conducting a training exercise when a mishap occurred. The incident is under investigation.

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