Police and rescue workers found pieces of the aircraft scattered over a wide swath around 3 km from the peak of Mt. Hakamagoshi in the city of Hokuto. The Air Self-Defense Force confirmed sightings of the wreckage.
It was not immediately clear if any of the crew had survived.
Earlier in the day, some 1,800 people, including the Self-Defense Forces personnel, police and rescue workers resumed the search for the aircraft that had been carrying four male crew members. The search had been hampered by rain and fog that prevented the SDF from conducting air searches.
The LR-2 reconnaissance aircraft disappeared from radar some 20 minutes after taking off Okadama Airport in Sapporo around 11:25 a.m. Monday while en route to Hakodate Airport, where it was due to pick up a patient, a doctor and other personnel, the Defense Ministry said.
The aircraft lost contact with ground control around 11:45 a.m. at an altitude of 900 meters as it was preparing to make an instrument landing due to low visibility.
It vanished from radar about a minute later, the ministry said.
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