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One lifeless, 7 lacking after 2 Japanese navy choppers crash in Pacific

One lifeless, 7 lacking after 2 Japanese navy choppers crash in Pacific


Two Japanese navy helicopters carrying eight crew members crashed within the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo throughout a nighttime coaching flight after probably colliding with one another, the nation’s protection minister stated Sunday. One crew member who had been recovered from the waters was later pronounced lifeless, whereas rescuers looked for seven others who had been nonetheless lacking.

The 2 SH-60K choppers from the Maritime Self Protection Power had been carrying 4 crew every and misplaced contact late Saturday close to Torishima Island about 370 miles south of Tokyo, Protection Minister Minoru Kihara instructed reporters.

The reason for the crash was not instantly identified, however the two helicopters might need collided with one another earlier than crashing into the water, Kihara stated.

Rescuers have recovered a flight information recorder, a blade from every helicopter, and fragments believed to be from each choppers in the identical space, indicators that the 2 SH-60Ks had been flying shut to one another, Kihara stated. Officers will analyze the flight information to attempt to decide what led to the crash.

The MSDF deployed eight warships and 5 plane for the search and rescue of the lacking crew.

The helicopters, twin-engine, multi-mission plane developed by Sikorsky and referred to as Seahawks, had been modified and produced in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. They had been on nighttime anti-submarine coaching within the waters, Kihara stated. One misplaced contact at 10:38 p.m. native time Saturday and despatched an computerized emergency sign a minute later.

Just one misery name was heard — one other signal the 2 helicopters had been close to the identical place, as a result of their alerts use the identical frequency and couldn’t be differentiated, Kihara stated.

One belonged to an air base in Nagasaki, and the opposite to a base in Tokushima prefecture.

The SH-60K plane is often deployed on destroyers for anti-submarine missions.

Saturday’s coaching solely concerned the Japanese navy and was not a part of a multinational train, protection officers stated. They stated no international plane or warships had been noticed within the space.

Japan, below its 2022 safety technique, has been accelerating its navy buildup and fortifying deterrence within the southwestern Japanese islands within the Pacific and East China Sea to counter threats from China’s more and more assertive navy actions. Japan lately has carried out its personal intensive naval workouts in addition to joint drills with its ally america and different companions.

Saturday’s crash comes a 12 months after a Floor Self-Protection Power UH-60 Blackhawk crashed off the southwestern Japanese island of Miyako, leaving all 10 crew members lifeless. In January 2022, a Air Self-Protection F-15 fighter jet crashed off the northcentral coast of Japan, killing two crew.

Japan’s NHK public tv stated no climate advisories had been issued within the space on the time of Saturday’s crash.

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