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|Wednesday, April 04, 2001, updated at 08:48(GMT+8)|
U.S. Fighter Crashes Into Sea Near JapanA U.S. F-16 fighter crashed into the sea off northern Japan during a training flight Monday, but its pilot ejected safely, the U.S. military and Japan's Self Defense Agency said.
The fighter plunged into the sea about 12 miles northeast of the U.S. Air Force base in Misawa, northern Japan, said defense agency official Hitoshi Kato.
The pilot, drifting on a life craft, was rescued by a Japanese navy helicopter about 30 minutes after the crash, he said. Misawa is 350 miles northwest of Tokyo.
Kato and U.S. military officials in Misawa said the pilot's condition was not immediately known. The U.S. military refused to identify the pilot.
On March 26, an Army RC-12 crashed in a forest about eight miles from Nuremberg, Germany, killing the two pilots on board. The same day, two F-15 jets crashed in the Scottish Highlands. Each pilot was killed.
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