TOKYO – A U.S. fighter jet has dumped fuel tanks into a lake in northern Japan, narrowly missing a dozen fishermen catching clams in the water. Nobody was injured.
The U.S. Air Force said in a statement that an F-16 jet assigned to the Misawa Air Base dumped two external fuel tanks Tuesday after developing an engine fire while flying above Lake Ogawara.
The air force said the aircraft returned safely to the base, and there were no injuries to the pilot or people on the ground.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said officials have spotted parts believed to be from the military aircraft in the lake. He said the water surface was smeared with oil.