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Power restored to most of Tokyo after military jet crash

Train
About 500 traffic lights went dead, and train services on several lines were temporarily halted when power went out Monday  

November 22, 1999
Web posted at: 6:28 p.m. HKT (1028 GMT)

TOKYO (CNN) -- Power was restored to most of Tokyo within half an hour after a Japanese air force trainer severed a high-voltage line as it crashed on the capital's outskirts, triggering a Monday blackout.

The plane's two occupants were killed, but no one on the ground was injured. Investigators were examining the crash site, in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo.

The blackout affected about 800,000 customers in central and western Tokyo and temporarily brought the city's business district to a standstill.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange canceled trading in bond futures and options, and service was suspended on some subway lines, stranding some commuters for 30 minutes. About 500 traffic lights went out.

Witnesses near the crash site, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Tokyo said they heard a bang and then saw the jet falling in flames into a field near a junior high school.

The T-33 jet was on a training mission when it went down, Japanese military officials said. On board were Hirofumi Nakagawa, 47, and Yoshihiro Kadoya, 48.

The jet was based 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) from the crash site.

Tokyo Bureau Chief Marina Kamimura and Reuters contributed to this report.

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