Two Japanese Military Helicopters Crash At Sea Seven Missing

(MENAFN- Live Mint) "Seven individuals are missing after two Japanese military helicopters crashed overnight at sea, officials said on April 21. A spokesperson for Japan's Self-Defense Force (SDF) confirmed the incident to AFP, adding that one person has been rescued details, Japan's Defence Minister
Minoru Kihara told reporters that rescuers located what they believe to be parts of the aircraft in the sea.\"Rescuers spotted what is believed to be part of the aircraft in the sea, and we believe that the two helicopters crashed. At this point the cause is unknown, but firstly we do our best to save lives,\" Kihara said. He added that the helicopters were \"doing drills to counter submarines at night\".What Do We Know?The helicopters were engaged in night-time drills to counter submarines when the incident occurred off the Izu Islands in the Pacific Ocean, as reported by Japanese national broadcaster NHK with one helicopter was lost at 10:38 pm (1338 GMT) off the island of Torishima. A minute later, an emergency signal was received from this aircraft. Approximately 25 minutes later, around 11:04 pm, communication was lost with the second helicopter in the same area, as NHK reports Mitsubishi SH-60K helicopters involved in the crash are operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) primarily on and from naval destroyers MSDF noted that there were no other aircraft or vessels in the nearby waters, making the involvement of another country unlikely. Japan's increased defence spending and cooperation with allies in response to regional tensions, particularly from China and North Korea, have been noted in recent years Incidents in JapanThe recent crash echoes previous accidents involving Japanese military aircraft.A US Osprey military aircraft crashed off Japan in November, resulting in the death of all eight onboard and the subsequent grounding of similar aircraft by both the United States and Japan April, a Japanese army
UH-60JA helicopter with 10 onboard crashed off Miyako Island (south Okinawa), resulting in no survivors January 2022, a Japanese fighter jet crashed off the central Ishikawa region, claiming the lives of two pilots. Additionally, in 2019, the pilot was killed after an F-35A stealth jet crashed into the sea after takeoff from northeastern Japan during a training mission.(With inputs from AFP)


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