2 Crew Members Rescued after Japanese Fighter Jet Crashes


Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)--Two crew members were rescued after a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jet crashed into the Sea of Japan during a training flight Wednesday.

Both crew members were conscious. It was not immediately known whether they were injured in the crash that occurred around 9:20 a.m. (0:20 a.m. GMT) off the coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan.

This marked the first crash involving an ASDF F-2. The ASDF formed an accident investigation committee to look into the case. All ASDF fighter jets during exercises were grounded for safety checks.

Three F-2s took off from the ASDF's Tsuiki base in the town of Chikujo in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka around 8:50 a.m. One of them sent a distress signal and lost contact over waters about 130 kilometers northeast of the base around 9:20 a.m., according to the ASDF.

The two crew members were waving aboard a lifeboat when they were discovered by ASDF aircraft about 50 minutes later, according to the ASDF.

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