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F-16 jet fighters taxi ahead of takeoff in Misawa Air Base in northern Japan in December. A U.S. military F-16 fighter jet from the base crashed into the sea off northern Japan on Sunday and its solo pilot was waiting for rescue at sea after ejecting, the coast guard said.
TOKYO -- A U.S. F-16 fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern Japan on Sunday and efforts were 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 and crashed about 11:30 Japan time (10:30 ET) some 200 miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, the spokesperson said.
"One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot," she said, reading from a statement.
"The aircraft was en-route to North America when the incident occurred. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time."
The F-16 is made by Lockheed Martin Corp.
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