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At least one dead and seven missing after two Japanese military helicopters crashed during an exercise

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) walk from a quarantined cruise ship at Daikou Pier in Yokohama, Japan, where it was being resupplied on February 10, 2020.  (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) walk from a quarantined cruise ship at Daikou Pier in Yokohama, Japan, where it was being resupplied on February 10, 2020. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

TOKYO – Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (SDF) 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.


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