Japanese fighter crashes in Sea of Japan, 2 crew rescued

This photo taken in 2015 shows an F-2 fighter jet of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. (Kyodo)

TOKYO, Feb 20, 2019, Kyodo. A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jet crashed into the Sea of Japan off the western Japan coast during flight training Wednesday morning, but both its crew members were rescued, reported the Kyodo.

The plane based at the Tsuiki Air Base in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka disappeared from the radar around 9:18 a.m. off the coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the ASDF said. Its last confirmed location was about 130 kilometers northeast of the base.

The plane left the base with two other fighters at 8:48 a.m. for the training exercise, according to the ASDF.

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