US F-16 fighter crashes off Japan

July 22nd, 2012 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

F-16 Tokyo, July 22 (IANS) A US F-16 fighter jet crashed into the sea Sunday off Japan’s northern Hokkaido prefecture but the pilot ejected safely, Xinhua reported.

The pilot was later rescued by a Japanese vessel.

The aircraft that left the Misawa base in northeastern Japan at 9 a.m. for Alaska fell into the Pacific Ocean around 11.30 a.m., according to Japan’s defence ministry.

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