Japanese Navy Helicopter Incident: Search and Rescue Underway

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Japanese Navy Helicopter Incident

During nighttime training exercises, two Japanese navy helicopters crashed into the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo, potentially colliding with each other. The incident involved two SH-60K choppers from the Maritime Self-Defense Force, each carrying four crew members, and occurred near Torishima island, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Tokyo.

Search and Rescue Efforts

Search and Rescue Efforts

Following the crash, Defense Minister Minoru Kihara reported that one body has been found, while seven crew members remain missing. An extensive search and rescue operation is ongoing, with 12 warships and seven aircraft deployed to locate the missing personnel. Japanese coast guard vessels and aircraft are also assisting in the search effort.

Cause of the Crash

Cause of the Crash

The cause of the crash is currently unknown, but officials suspect a potential collision between the two helicopters. Adm. Ryo Sakai, the navy chief of staff, announced that all SH-60s training will be paused as investigations are conducted and preventive measures are implemented.

Recovery of Debris

As part of the recovery efforts, investigators have retrieved a flight data recorder, a blade from each helicopter, and debris believed to be from both aircraft. The recovered items confirm that the SH-60Ks were likely in close proximity before the incident.

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