2 Japanese Navy Helicopters Crash in Pacific Ocean During Training, Leaving 1 Dead and 7 Missing

TOKYO—Two Japanese navy helicopters carrying eight crew members crashed in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo during a nighttime training flight after possibly colliding with each other, the country’s defense minister said Sunday. One crew member who had been recovered from the waters was later pronounced dead, while rescuers searched for seven others who were still missing.
The two SH-60K choppers from the Maritime Self Defense Force were carrying four crew each and lost contact late Saturday near Torishima island about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Tokyo, Defense Minister Minoru Kihara told reporters.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but the two helicopters might have collided with each other before crashing into the water, Kihara said…. 

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