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Two Japanese SDF helicopters crash, one body found, seven missing: report

Tokyo: Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces helicopters crashed into the sea during a training exercise, killing at least one of the eight crew members on board, local media reported.

The two SH-60 patrol helicopters conducted anti-submarine exercises on Saturday evening near Torishima in the remote Izu island group, off the southern coast of central Japan, national broadcaster NHK and Kyodo reported.

The search for the missing crew continues and reports say both flight recorders have been recovered.

Japanese Defense Minister Kihara Minoru said at a news conference on Sunday that it was likely the two helicopters had collided, the reports said.

In a post on X, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel offered his country’s assistance in search and rescue efforts.

(Published April 21, 2024, 3:40 am IST)

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