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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.