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Tokyo, April 6 The Ministry of Defense of Japan announced on the 6th that a helicopter of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force crashed near Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture that afternoon, and the whereabouts of 10 people on board were unknown.

Japan’s Ministry of Defense said the multipurpose helicopter, belonging to the Eighth Division of the Ground Self-Defense Force, took off from the Miyakojima base to scout the surrounding terrain. A total of 10 people were carried on board, including the commander-in-chief of the Eighth Division, 2 pilots, 2 mechanics and 5 other members of the Self-Defense Forces.

According to the news released by the Japan Coast Guard, the patrol ship of the Coast Guard has found the fuselage of the suspected crashed helicopter, multiple pieces of wreckage and oil slicks in the waters near the accident.

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