HEADLINE Military helicopter crashes near school in SW Japan


Military helicopter crashes near school in SW Japan

By Liu Junguo | People's Daily app

21:13, February 05, 2018


Photo: Yomiuri Online

Two crew members aboard a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) attack helicopter are feared dead as the chopper crashed into a residential area Monday and set a house ablaze in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, citing local police, one person, believed to be a crew member, was killed in the crash and another was found without vital signs.

Police said that the AH-64 attack helicopter crashed near the Chiyoda Chubu Elementary School in Kanzaki-shi at around 4:45 pm local time (0745 GMT). The accident site was near a kindergarten, and all the children are safe, according to media reports. 


Photo: Asahi.com

Footage showed flames engulfing a two-story building and thick plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. All four residents in the building are reported as safe.

The two-seated AH-64 attack helicopter, about 18 meters long and 15 meters wide, can fly with a maximum speed of 270 kilometers per hour. It is the latest tanker-targeted combat helicopter developed by Boeing Company. The Japanese SDF introduced the helicopter in 2005.


Photo: Yomiuri Online

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has required the SDF to stop flying all 13 AH-64 attack helicopters and conduct a thorough inspection.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue