Chopper crashes in Japan, 7 onboard: Kyodo

15:20, July 25, 2010      

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A rescue helicopter with seven people aboard on Sunday crashed into a mountain in the central Japanese Prefecture of Saitama Prefecture, Kyodo News reported, citing local police.

According to the report, one of the people on board was alive, but information from the local fire department indicated that two had survived.

The land ministry said that the helicopter did not burst into flame and is still smoldering.

The chopper was on the way to rescue a member of a nine-climber party on the mountain when it crashed into the mountain some 3 km southwest of the Karisaka tunnel on the national highway Route 140 around 11:10 a.m. (0210 GMT), said the report.

The seven people onboard the helicopter include a pilot, a co- pilot, three aviation security officers of the prefectural government and two rescue operators from the local fire department, according to the local government.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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