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USAF F16 jet crashes off northern coast of Japan today.

Manama: July 22 -- (BNA) ) - A USAF "F-16: jetplane crashed into the Pacific Ocean off of northern coast of Japan today (Sunday July 22, 2012) meanwhile efforts are now underway to rescue the pilot, a spokeswoman for the Misawa Air Base said.

The jet took off from the U.S. air base in Aomori but unfortunately crashed about 11:30 Japanese local time (0230 GMT) some 200 miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, the spokesperson said.

"Only one person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot," she said, reading from a statement.

"The aircraft was enroute to North America when the incident occurred. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time. (IY)

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Date:Jul 22, 2012
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