The rescue chopper is believed to have caused the trees and stones to fall, the police said, adding that they are investigating further details of what happened during the rescue operation near a mountain stream in the village of Tanba.
The man, who was in his 40s from Yokohama, apparently became unable to move after he hurt his left ankle on Saturday. His acquaintance alerted police and an officer searching for him located him shortly past noon Sunday.
Then a helicopter rescue began. But at around 1:50 p.m., the man and the police officer were both hit by falling trees and stones while the chopper was hovering above, the police said.
A man waiting for a helicopter rescue on a mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture was fatally struck Sunday by stones and parts of trees possibly dislodged by the hovering chopper’s prop wash, local police said. (Japan Times)
The cyberattack that spread malicious software called ransomware is becoming a global issue, and Japan’s National Police Agency says it has confirmed 2 assaults inside the country. (NHK)
The government and ruling parties plan to introduce a system enabling pachinko parlors and other gambling facilities to ban the entry of people with serious addiction, government sources say. (Japan Today)
An 18-year-old high school student in Tokyo has been arrested on suspicion of killing a female student he was dating at the same school, investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)
The mayor of a central Japan city who is appealing a high court conviction for bribery secured his third term Sunday after becoming the only person to file candidacy for the May 21 election by the start of the official campaign period. (Japan Today)
Ibaraki Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a male corpse at an abandoned residence in Hitachi City, reports Fuji News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
More than 100 Japanese babies faced off Sunday in a traditional “crying sumo” ring, an annual ceremony believed to bring infants good health. (Japan Today)
A 3-year-old boy’s hand was jammed in an escalator at a shopping mall in Sakura City on Saturday for some two hours before being freed by authorities, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the ballistic missile North Korea launched on Sunday may be a new type of missile. (NHK)
Eight university students at a barbecue in Akiruno City were sent to a hospital on Saturday after they collapsed due to what authorities believe was alcohol poisoning, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)