Fighter jet erupts in flames on Japan runway

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Omitama, Japan (NTV / NBC News Channel) -- Japan's air self-defense force F4 jet fighter caught fire Wednesday before takeoff at Hyakuri Air Base north of Tokyo.

Japan's air self-defense force F4 jet fighter caught fire Wednesday before takeoff at Hyakuri Air Base north of Tokyo. Two crew members evacuated safely and nobody was injured. Courtesy: NTV / NBC News Channel

This video was filmed around 11:47 a.m. right after the fire broke out.

Black smoke is seen rising from the plane.

The jet's left wing looked completely consumed after fire trucks extinguished the blaze.

According to the Defense Ministry, the jet's left leg was broken and its fuel tank near the leg was possibly ignited after the part of the wing sparked a fire on the runway.

Two crew members evacuated safely and nobody was injured.

Commercial flights were not affected although they used the same runway.



 
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