Top U.S. and Japanese defense officials are downplaying the possibility that the Chinese military could recover the wreckage of a Japanese F-35A that crashed on April 9 in the Pacific Ocean.

The Joint Strike Fighter disappeared from radar about 85 miles east of Honshu, Japan's main island. Although ships and aircraft have spotted some debris in the area where the plane is believed to have crashed, both the wreckage and pilot remain missing.

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Police officers at an apartment on the Japanese island of Okinawa where a United States Navy sailor and a Japanese woman were found dead on Saturday (Reuters/Kyodo)

An unidentified U.S. Navy sailor fatally stabbed a Japanese woman then killed himself Saturday, Japanese authorities said.

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A Japan Coast Guard vessel and a U.S. military aircraft conduct rescue and search operations at the site where an Air Self-Defense Force's F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed during an exercise on April 9, 2019, off Aomori prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 10, 2019 (Kyodo/Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two days after one of Japan's F-35 stealth fighters plunged into the Pacific and no closer to finding out why it happened, investigators face a daunting task to recover what remains of the highly classified jet from the ocean depths.

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A Japan Coast Guard vessel and a U.S. military aircraft conduct rescue and search operations at the site where an Air Self-Defense Force's F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed during an exercise on April 9, 2019, off Aomori prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 10, 2019 (Kyodo/Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) - Search and rescue teams found wreckage from a crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter in the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan, and are scouring the waters for the missing pilot, authorities said on Wednesday.

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The last airmen who took part in the daring Doolittle Raid during World War II has died.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole, who served as Army Lt. Col. James Doolittle's co-pilot during the raid, passed away on Tuesday at 103 years old. His death was first reported by Air Force Magazine's John Tirpak.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

An F-35A fighter with Japan's Air Self Defense Force has crashed while flying over the Pacific Ocean roughly 84 miles from the Japanese mainland.

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