Helicopter crash near Tokyo kills 4
NHK -- Nov 09
A helicopter carrying 4 people has crashed near Tokyo, killing everyone on board.

The aircraft went down in Gunma Prefecture on Wednesday at around 2:30 PM.

Police and firefighters who rushed to the scene found the crashed helicopter in flames on a bridge.

Video taken by NHK shows charred wreckage partly covered by a blue sheet, and pieces of the aircraft scattered in the river beneath the bridge.

The crash site is a mountainous area dotted with houses. Local officials say the site is about 500 meters from the village office. A witness said the helicopter appeared to be flying very low and then it crashed.

The aircraft was operated by Toho Air Service.

It had been chartered by a firm affiliated with Tokyo Electric Power Company to transport materials to repair a power generating facility in Yamanashi Prefecture.

It reportedly left a heliport near the plant about 30 minutes before the crash.

群馬県上野村で大型ヘリコプターが墜落し、乗っていた4人全員が死亡しました。国の事故調査官などが9日に現場に入り、詳しい事故原因を調べることにしています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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