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US F-16 Fighter Crashes In Pacific Near Kuril Islands, Pilot Rescued

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A U.S. F-16 Falcon fighter crashed on Sunday into the Pacific Ocean near Russia’s Kuril Islands, a spokesman for the Russian Border Guard Service in the Far East said.

“The Kamchatsky territorial naval rescue center reported at 8:30 p.m. local time [8:30 a.m. GMT] that an aircraft was in distress over the Pacific Ocean near northern Kurils,” the spokesman said.

It turned out later, he said, that the aircraft was a U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter.

“The pilot ejected before the crash and was later rescued by a Japanese vessel, the Hokko Maru,” he added.

F-16.net website reported that the jet belonged to the 35th Fighter Wing and was en route from Misawa air base in Japan to Alaska, when it crashed some 200 miles North-East of Japan’s Hokkaido.

Ria Novosti

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