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Monday, 23rd July 2012
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Japanese save US pilot in Pacific Ocean crash

Japanese authorities managed to rescue a US fighter jet pilot who crashed in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday (July 22nd).

According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the unnamed pilot was saved six hours after the accident occurred.

The F-16 Fighter Falcon plunged into the sea around 200 miles northeast of Japan's north island, Hokkaido, the US Air Force revealed.

It was a lucky escape for the jet pilot, with the cause of the crash yet to be determined.

The Japanese Coast guard was among one of several agencies that launched vessels to ensure the safety of the American, who was quickly placed on a US container ship soon after the incident.

It is believed the pilot set off from the Misawa Airbase in Aomori at around 11.30am in pursuit of north America, however, the US Air Force is yet to issue a statement detailing the exact events surrounding the rescue mission.

The Japanese Coast Guard is made up of around 12,000 employees and is overseen by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Posted by Mark Smith

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