Marine F/A-18C pilot killed in Japan identified
WASHINGTON — U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C pilot Capt. Jake Frederick was killed Wednesday when his fighter jet crashed off the coast of Japan, his family confirmed Thursday.
Frederick, 32, was based with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa. He ejected from his aircraft at about 6:40 pm local time Wednesday. A fellow Hornet pilot that had been on the training flight remained above the site until it had to depart to refuel.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed to local media Thursday that a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship had recovered Frederick, and the Marines released a statement late Thursday saying that Frederick had not survived the crash.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the pilot," the Marine Corps said in a statement.
Frederick was a graduate of W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his wife, Kiley, his mother, Donna Frederick, said Thursday. The couple have a young son and a baby on the way, she said.
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