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08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time

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14-May-17 Tabayama, Japan (1F)

When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead. The two rescue workers sustained light injuries.  Police are investigating the details of the rock slide, which may have been caused by the helicopter.  There is no mention in available press of damage to the helicopter

Fatality named as 49-year-old Tomohiro Ito, a banker from Yokohama.

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08-Oct-15 JA9660 Airbus AS332L Takahama Cho, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad in Takahama Cho, Fukui Prefecture, Japan at 10:12 Japan Standard Time. During carrying loads externally, wooden frame, about 1.3 m by 0.5 m, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 170 m. The frame was found in a car park. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage.

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02-Oct-15 JA9678 Airbus AS332L1 Itoigawa, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad about 11:00 Japan Standard Time to carry liquid concrete in the externally slung bucket with a cargo hook. After unloaded the liquid concrete, the pilot mistakenly operated the cargo hook release switch and the empty bucket, the weight of which was about 210 kg, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 240 m AGL. No one was injured. The aircraft sustained no damage.

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06-Apr-15 31249 Hughes OH-6D Okada, Japan

Substantially damaged in force landing in an open field

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12-Mar-15 Boeing V-22 Futenma, Japan

Aluminum part about 20.3 centimeters long and 7.6 centimeters wide, weighing about 164 grams, fell from aircraft in flight.  US military reportedly took four days to advise local Japanese authorities

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06-Mar-15 JA6741 Airbus AS332L1 Kihokucho, Japan (2F)

Helicopter was engaged in low level powerline work, hit powerline and crashed killing both on board.  Post crash fire.

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17-Feb-15 32634 Kawasaki OH-1 Shirahama, Japan

Ditched into the sea after engine problem.  2 POB rescued safely

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12-Feb-15 8781 MD Helicopters MD500E Ebino, Japan (3F)

Two instructors and one student died on a training accident.  Weather was a factor and cause them to change their planned route after take-off.

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09-Oct-14 JA6741 Eurocopter AS332L1 Tsumagoi, Japan

5-6kg section of insecure load dropped from 100m during underslung operations

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31-Dec-13 JA106Y Robinson R44 Kouri Island, Japan

Pilot and two passengers injured in tourist flight after ditching near Kouri Island

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16-Dec-13 Sikorsky MH-60 Misaki Port, Japan

US Navy helicopter crashed and fell onto its side in a landfill site.  2 injured of 4 POB

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14-Oct-13 JA15KM Eurocopter AS365N3 Kumamoto, Japan

Conducting a hoist training in front of a hanger located adjacent to Kumamoto Airport. While hovering at 60ft, it encountered close proximity to other aircraft.  Reported distance between two aircraft was 50ft horizontally.

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05-Aug-13 Sikorsky HH-60 MCAS Hansen, Japan (1F)

HH-60 from MCAS Kadena crashed and caught fire near MCAS Hansen.  3 serious injuries and 1 fatal – named as Tech. Sgt. Mark A Smith

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19-Nov-12 JA9965 Eurocopter AS332L1 Kita-Hira, Japan

Ground cargo-handling personnel injured during lifting operation

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31-Oct-12 JA35BB Eurocopter AS350B3 Yakushima, Japan

During take off phase, near miss with landing Japan Air Commuter Dash-8 JA849C

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15-Sep-12 JA120H Eurocopter EC120 Kujukuri, Japan

Skid caught ground on take-off – helicopter rolled-over onto its side

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29-Jun-12 JA6817 Bell 412 Kawane, Japan

Landing accident.   2 POB injured

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15-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60J Mutsu Bay, Japan (1F)

Crashed into the water after main blades struck the side of destroyer Matsuyuki. 6 rescued, 1 fatal  – named as 37-year-old captain, Lt. Cmdr. Masahiko Miyanaga.

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19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan

“Damaged the aircraft during takeoff after the transport skiers to the summit Karifuridake, the aircraft is rolling to the right”

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03-Oct-11 JA508A Eurocopter AS350B3 Kioykawa, Japan (1F)

Two serious injuries, post crash fire.  Pilot later died from his injuries

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20-Sep-11 JA6522 Eurocopter AS350B3 Higashi Kagawa, Japan

Helicopter was already well on fire before landing – fast emergency landing made on a sports arena and soon burnt out.

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14-Jul-11 JA007J Robinson R22B Sabaekoizumi, Japan

Fell off side of helipad after landing

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24-Jun-11 Honeywell RQ-16 Fukushima, Japan

A Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk drone amde an emergency landing on the remains of the #2 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station while taking air samples to measure radiation levels.

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11-Mar-11 JA9670 Eurocopter AS355F2 Sendai, Japan

Damaged beyond repair by tsunami

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11-Mar-11 JA9857 Eurocopter AS350B Sendai, Japan

Damaged beyond repair by tsunami

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03-Feb-11 Sikorsky SH-60 Atsugi, Japan

Sonar buoy fell from helicopter and landed in farm field

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03-Oct-10 41720 Bell UH-1 Yao, Japan

It was taking a test flight after a regular maintenance check and was hovering when it crashed, the GSDF said.

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26-Sep-10 JA9635 Eurocopter AS332L Yaku-shima Island, Japan (2F)

Controlled impact into terrain, foggy conditions reported

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18-Aug-10 JA6796 Bell B412 Sanagi Island, Japan (4F)

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01-Aug-10 JA22NE Robinson R22 Yamaga City, Japan (2F)

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25-Jul-10 JA31TM Eurocopter AS365N3 Chichibu, Japan (5F)

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20-Jun-10 (Serial TBA) Boeing CH-47 Izumi, Japan

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27-Apr-10 JA01AP MD Helicopters MD902 Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, Japan

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08-Dec-09 8297 Sikorsky SH-60J off Nagasaki, Japan (2F)

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11-Sep-09 JA96GF Bell B412 Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan (3F)

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20-Jul-09 JA32CT Robinson R44 Tajima, Japan (2F)

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10-Jun-09 JA Bell B412 Ikejiri, Japan

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10-Feb-09 Bell B206 Gumma, Japan

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