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Helicopter with nine aboard crashes in central Japan

AFP  |  Tokyo 

A helicopter with nine people aboard crashed today in a mountainous area in central during a training flight, officials said.

Aerial footage broadcast on Japanese TV showed the wreckage of the crashed helicopter surrounded by trees in prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, and officers in navy uniforms examining the site.

"Eight people were found near the site, but we don't know their condition," a told AFP.

The 412 helicopter left its base earlier today on a two-hour flight to observe climbing routes between and Nagano prefectures from the air, according to public broadcaster

But the helicopter did not return by its scheduled arrival time and lost contact with air traffic control, said Hiroshi Yoshida, a

Passengers included disaster management officials and firefighters, he added.

The confirmed that the crashed helicopter in was the one that went missing.

Helicopter accidents are not rare in

In February, two pilots were killed in a military helicopter crash in southern

It went down seven minutes after takeoff, slamming into and setting on fire a house that was completely destroyed in the accident.

And last year, nine people aboard a helicopter were killed after it crashed during a mountain drill.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 13:10 IST