Updated: 01/30/2014 01:16 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide midair

Three pilots escaped unharmed Wednesday after their jet planes collided in midair off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said.

Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide midair

Blue Impulse, Japan's Air Self Defense Force aerobatic display team, performs during the annual air festival at Iruma Air Base in Saitama prefecture on November 3, 2013 - by Kazuhiro Nogi

Two T-4 trainers belonging to the Blue Impulse aerobatic display team of the Japanese airforce made contact as they practised flying in formation, with one plane damaging part of its nose and the other losing a bit of a stabiliser.

The jets landed safely at Matsushima Air Base in northern Japan after the incident over the Pacific Ocean some 45 kilometres (28 miles) southeast of the base, the spokesman said.

It was the first midair collision involving the T-4, the spokesman said, adding the airforce was looking into its cause.

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