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One dead, 7 missing as two Japan navy helicopters crash

The two flight recorders had been discovered in close proximity to each other and the probability was high that the two helicopters had collided

By Reuters
April 22, 2024
Japanese Self-Defense Force helicopter can be seen in this image. — AFP/File
 Japanese Self-Defense Force helicopter can be seen in this image. — AFP/File

TOKYO: Two Japanese navy helicopters crashed into the sea during a training exercise, killing at least one of the eight crew members on board, the defence minister said on Sunday.

The two SH-60 patrol helicopters were conducting anti-submarine exercises on Saturday night near Torishima in the remote Izu island group, off the southern coast of central Japan. Defense Minister Minoru Kihara told a press conference the cause of the crash is under investigation. The two flight recorders had been discovered in close proximity to each other and the probability was high that the two helicopters had collided, he added.