Helicopter crash near Tokyo kills 4


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.

A helicopter carrying 4 people has crashed near Tokyo, killing everyone on board. (NHK)

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