Four Crew members on Japan military chopper went missing

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A Japanese military helicopter with four people on board went missing on Tuesday during a drill in the Pacific off central Japan, the defense ministry said.

The Black Hawk helicopter of the Air Self-Defense Force disappeared from radar at around 6:00 pm (0900 GMT), some 31 kilometers (19 miles) south of Hamamatsu, a ministry spokesman said.

Some parts suspected to have belonged to the rescue chopper were found floating around the area, the spokesman said, adding: “We are searching for the four crew members.”

Quoting a government source, Kyodo News said the helicopter, which was conducting a night time search-and-rescue drill, was likely to have crashed.

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