January 20, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A Japan-based U.S. F-16 crashed in the north of the country on Thursday, the second accident in two days. A U.S. Air Force F-16 from Misawa Air Base crashed in a wooded area of Kamaishi, a city about 140 km (85 miles) south of Misawa, while on a routine training mission.
The pilot survived the accident after ejecting and only suffered slight injuries. On Wednesday, a Marine Corps FA-18 from the Iwakuni military base in southern Japan crashed into the Pacific Ocean near central Japan. The pilot was not injured.