US fighter jet flies lower than standard in Japan

A cockpit video shot from a US Air Force fighter jet has raised eyebrows in Japan. The footage posted to YouTube shows the plane flying at unusually low altitudes over the country's north.

The fighter skims over snow-covered mountains, residential areas, and what appears to be Lake Towada, on the border between the prefectures of Aomori and Akita. At one point the plane flies between wind turbines, whose towers stand 78 meters tall.

The USA Military Channel uploaded the 10-minute video earlier this month. The footage was reportedly taken from an F-16 fighter jet stationed at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture.

Officials at the US Air Force 35th Fighter Wing admitted to NHK the jet flies lower than the 150-meter standard for training flights. They said they will try to make sure all pilots in the unit comply with the regulation.