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2 Japanese navy helicopters carrying 8 crew believed crashed in Pacific

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NEW DELHI: Two SH-60K helicopters belonging to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) are believed to have crashed during night-time training.

Japan

‘s defense minister, Minoru Kihara, confirmed the incident, saying that the helicopters lost contact late Saturday near Torishima island in the Pacific south of Tokyo.
Each

helicopter

was carrying four crew members, totaling eight personnel.

As of the latest reports, one crew member has been recovered from the waters, but their condition remains unknown. Search and rescue operations are ongoing for the remaining seven crew members.
The cause of the

crash

is yet to be determined, according to defense minister Kihara. Officials are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident to ascertain the cause of the tragic crash.
This incident serves as a somber reminder of the risks involved in military training exercises, particularly during night operations.
More details awaited.

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