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SDF helicopter crashes in Saga Pref.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Smoke rises from the house, where the GSDF helicopter crashed.

The Yomiuri ShimbunA Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter crashed into a home in Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture, on Monday afternoon.

An emergency call came in at about 4:43 p.m., saying, “A helicopter crashed into a house in Chiyodacho, Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture, and black smoke is rising.”

According to the Defense Ministry, the helicopter was an AH-64D attack helicopter. Just before the crash, GSDF personnel aboard said they were going to make a precautionary landing at Camp Metabaru in the prefecture.

The crash site is about 300 meters northeast of Chiyodachubu Elementary School. According to an official of the school, there were no students there at the time of the incident, as they had already left for the day. No teachers or officials at the school were injured.

“We’re hurrying to confirm whether there are pupils who were injured near the school,” a female official of the school told The Yomiuri Shimbun. “We’re shocked [by the incident].”

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