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Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

Kosuke Takahashi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
18 October 2017

Four Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J search-and-rescue helicopter crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October.Four JASDF personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J helicopter (similar to this one) crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. (JASDF)
Four JASDF personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J helicopter (similar to this one) crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. (JASDF)

The UH-60J vanished from radar screens some 30 km south of the JASDF’s Hamamatsu Air Base at about 18.00 h local time while conducting nighttime search-and-rescue drills, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said many parts of the aircraft have been found floating on the sea, indicating that the platform crashed in that area.

Before the incident the JASDF operated 37 UH-60J helicopters, which were built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries under licence from Sikorsky, and 26 U-125A (Hawker 800) aircraft for search-and-rescue activities, according to the MoD.

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