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Japanese F-35A stealth fighter crashed into Pacific: defense minister

Wreckage found near where fighter believed to have gone down

Japan has suspended all flights of the jet as maritime agencies continue to search for the plane and its pilot. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- An F-35A stealth fighter jet disappeared from radar over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, according to Japan's Ministry of Defense.

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya confirmed on Wednesday that the jet crashed, with wreckage found in the area. "The cause of the incident will be investigated," he said. The safety of the pilot, a major in his 40s, is uncertain, Iwaya added.

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