A US military fighter jet 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.
“The F-16 jet crashed some 470 nautical miles northeast of Nemuro” at around 11:30am (0230 GMT), a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard said.
“The pilot ejected and is now waiting for rescue at sea,” the official said, adding the coast guard’s ships and plane were heading to the accident site.
The city of Nemuro is 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) north of Tokyo.
The US military was not immediately available for comment.