Body of missing Marine pilot found in Japan

100420-N-XXXXG-068 PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (April 22, 2010) An F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter, dubbed the "Green Hornet," conducts a supersonic test flight. The aircraft is fueled with a 50/50 blend of biofuel and conventional fuel. The test, conducted at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., drew hundreds of onlookers, including Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who has made research, development, and increased use of alternative fuels a priority for the Department of the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Liz Goettee/Released)

The body of a U.S. Marine who ejected from his F/A-18 Hornet during a training mission about 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, has been found, according to a press release from the Marine Corp.

“U.S. Marine Corps pilot Capt. James Frederick piloted the F/A-18C+ that went down off the coast of Iwakuni, Japan,” the release stated. “The Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed to local media Thursday that a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship had recovered Frederick. He is pronounced deceased. We will provide more releasable information after the 24-hour window. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the pilot. The cause of the crash is still unknown.”

A search-and-rescue mission was immediately launched by the Marines and Japanese Self-Defense Forces after the pilot ejected around 6:40 p.m. local time. Three Japanese ships and several aircraft joined the search as well as the USS Montford and USS Wilbur Curtis before Frederick was found at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday.