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Japanese helicopter crashes into sea, 4 killed

08-19-2010 07:29 BJT

TOKYO, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Japanese helicopter belonging to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism fell into the sea in western Japan on Wednesday afternoon, coast guard officials said. Four people were killed, according to Kyodo.

Rescuers try to salvage a crashed helicopter on the sea at Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, Aug. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Kyodo)
Rescuers try to salvage a crashed helicopter on the sea at Kagawa Prefecture,
Japan, Aug. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Kyodo)

Five people were on board when the Japan Coast Guard helicopter crashed off Kagawa Prefecture, after barging in on electrical cables at 3 p.m. local time (0600 GMT). It took off from an air base in Hiroshima at 1: 45 p.m. local time.

Rescue workers formed by Japan Coast Guard and local police found part of the helicopter wreckage at sea.

The crash had caused a power blackout in a small island of the western prefecture, affecting some 100 households.

The helicopter is believed to be a Bell, local media reported.

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