TOKYO – The U.S. military pilot who died after ejecting from his fighter jet before it crashed off the coast of Japan was identified Thursday.
Military.com identified the U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C pilot as Capt. Jake Frederick of Texas. The 32-year-old was based with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Okinama.
The jet fighter was conducting a training flight when it went down at about 6:40 p.m. local time, according to 1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield. Several ships with Japan and U.S. crews searched for the pilot.
Japanese Ministry of Defense announced Thursday that one of their search teams recovered Frederick, but did not release his condition, according to the military news report.
Donna Frederick told Military.com that the Marines had been to her home to notify her of Frederick’s crash, Military.com reported.
“Jake was ‘a beloved son.’ He love waterskiing, snow skiing and tennis. ‘Flying was his dream and he got to do that,'” his mother told the military reporter.
Frederick leaves behind his pregnant wife Kiley and son.
Frederick’s brother is a current Marine pilot and flight instructor in Corpus Christi, his mom said. Their father also served as a Marine.
MCAS Miramar officials confirmed that Frederick was stationed in San Diego in the past. During that time, he was part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101.
What caused the military jet to crash was still under investigation.
Video produced at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar from 2013 featured Frederick.