Two Japanese helicopters crash during drill
    One dead, seven missing

    WORLD  21 April 2024 - 12:48

    Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters crashed during a drill in the Pacific late Saturday, leaving at least one of the eight crew members dead, with the other seven still missing, Japan's defense minister said Sunday.

    The two aircraft, which crashed in waters around 270 kilometers east of Torishima Island in the Izu Island chain during a nighttime anti-submarine drill in the area, are believed to have collided with each other, Defense Minister Minoru Kihara told reporters. The Izu island chain is located south of Tokyo, Kyodo News reports.

    The SH-60K helicopters, each carrying four crew members, lost contact at 10:38 p.m. and 11:04 p.m., respectively, with the MSDF receiving an emergency signal at 10:39 p.m., according to the MSDF.

    Two flight recorders were discovered "at extremely close locations," while what is thought to be parts of the two helicopters' rotor blades and other aircraft debris was also found during a post-accident search, Kihara said.

    Following the incident, the MSDF suspended all training involving SH-60K helicopters and set up a panel to investigate the incident, according to Adm. Ryo Sakai, chief of staff of the MSDF.

    One of the choppers belonged to Komatsushima Air Base in Tokushima Prefecture, while the other was based at Omura Air Base in Nagasaki Prefecture.

    The cause of the incident is still unknown but the ministry will do its utmost to search for and rescue those who are missing, Kihara said.

    Sakai also said there are no signs that other nations were connected to the accident.

    With a length of 19.8 meters and a weight of 10.9 tons, the MSDF's SH-60K can carry up to four people and has its own anti-submarine system, modeled after the U.S. Navy's SH-60 chopper.

    In April last year, a UH-60JA helicopter of the Ground Self-Defense Force crashed into the sea in Okinawa Prefecture, leaving 10 people dead.

     

    Caliber.Az

    Subscribe to our Telegram channel


Read also

US introduces legislation proposing sanctions against Georgia

25 May 2024 - 09:52

Ukraine aid from Russian assets moving forward in G-7 draft

25 May 2024 - 10:42

NATO summit to be held in Hague in 2025

24 May 2024 - 20:52

Israel ordered to immediately halt Rafah offensive by top UN court

24 May 2024 - 19:12

French president, Arab ministers to meet over situation in Gaza

24 May 2024 - 19:27

Caledonian FM raises concerns: Influx of French residents impacts indigenous Kanaks PHOTO

24 May 2024 - 17:44
ADVERTS
Video
Latest news

    Azerbaijani Army's engineering units excel in combat training sessions

    25 May 2024 - 11:56

    Media: Pashinyan considered imposing state of emergency

    25 May 2024 - 11:44

    Türkiye achieves 5 million cubic meters per day in Black Sea gas production

    25 May 2024 - 11:32

    Chinese trucks to transit through Azerbaijan

    Middle Corridor gains momentum

    25 May 2024 - 11:21

    Media: Armenian PM's helicopter makes emergency landing

    25 May 2024 - 11:12

    NATO forming network of cyber labs along Russia's borders - Foreign Ministry

    25 May 2024 - 11:07

    Russia downs three Ukrainian drones over Belgorod, Kursk regions

    25 May 2024 - 10:54

    Ukraine aid from Russian assets moving forward in G-7 draft

    25 May 2024 - 10:42

    Another migration caravan left for Azerbaijan’s Shusha

    PHOTO

    25 May 2024 - 10:28

    Erdogan greenlights revisions to Azerbaijan-Türkiye trade agreement

    25 May 2024 - 10:16

    Armenia detains alleged "mayors" of formerly occupied Azerbaijani towns

    25 May 2024 - 10:13

    Azerbaijan increases reconstruction budget for liberated territories by 27%

    25 May 2024 - 10:04

    US introduces legislation proposing sanctions against Georgia

    25 May 2024 - 09:52

    Armenian border guards secure delimited section of border with Azerbaijan

    Pashinyan addresses to nation

    25 May 2024 - 09:40

    Azerbaijan boosts defence, national security budget by 11%

    25 May 2024 - 09:28

    Amid regional tension & domestic opposition, Armenia returns occupied villages to Azerbaijan after 30 years

    Historic handover sets stage for peace talks

    25 May 2024 - 09:17

    Azerbaijani Parliament issues formal protest to Czech Republic

    25 May 2024 - 09:07

    Bhutan turns to "Gross National Happiness 2.0" as crisis deepens

    25 May 2024 - 09:07

    Replicator drones already being delivered

    Pentagon says

    25 May 2024 - 07:03

    Juneau inventor wants to bring ocean energy to your outlets

    25 May 2024 - 05:04

    European Commission president backs Polish, Greek calls for EU air defense shield

    25 May 2024 - 03:05

    Korea invents new fuel we don’t know about in US

    goodbye to refueling gasoline

    25 May 2024 - 01:03

    Why US semiconductor export controls backfire?

    24 May 2024 - 23:00

    COP29 presidency hosts international diplomatic corps in Lachin

    Climate Action Dialogue event

    24 May 2024 - 22:36

    US delegation visits Lachin, Shusha, applauds reconstruction efforts

    PHOTO

    24 May 2024 - 21:04

    NATO summit to be held in Hague in 2025

    24 May 2024 - 20:52

    Turkish president calls for UN reform amid global crises

    24 May 2024 - 20:39

    Azerbaijani, German top diplomats focus on peace process between Baku, Yerevan

    24 May 2024 - 20:24

    Armenian premier to address the nation

    24 May 2024 - 20:24

    Russian FM remains vague on reasons for ambassador's recall from Armenia

    24 May 2024 - 20:12

    Hungarian water quality control technology to be implemented in Azerbaijan

    24 May 2024 - 19:57

    Six new enterprises set to launch in Aghdam industrial park by year-end

    24 May 2024 - 19:42

    French president, Arab ministers to meet over situation in Gaza

    24 May 2024 - 19:27

    Israel ordered to immediately halt Rafah offensive by top UN court

    24 May 2024 - 19:12

    French Ambassador provides insights on Lachin visit, COP29 cooperation

    24 May 2024 - 19:01

    Armenia's aggression against Azerbaijan exposed

    Unmasking double standards/VIDEO

    24 May 2024 - 18:55

    Armenian PM skips out CIS event in Turkmenistan

    24 May 2024 - 18:50

    Azerbaijani, Moldovan interior ministries elevate cooperation to new level

    24 May 2024 - 18:38

    Azerbaijan is a bridge between various power centers

    Opinion by Modern Diplomacy

    24 May 2024 - 18:27

    Azerbaijan calls for global solidarity ahead of COP29

    24 May 2024 - 18:14

All news