Search and rescue effort underway for Marine F/A-18 pilot

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)

A Marine pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 Hornet Wednesday during a training mission approximately 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan remains missing, authorites said.

A statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force stated “Search and rescue efforts are currently underway. The aircraft was assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. The aircraft was conducting regularly scheduled training at the time of the mishap. The cause of the incident is under investigation. There is no further information at this time.”

For additional information contact III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs.