Dec 17, 2015

Taliban attack on chartered chopper killed Moldovan pilot

A Moldovan pilot on a helicopter that crash-landed in northern Afghanistan after an attack by the Taliban last month, was shot dead in the incident, his employer said Wednesday. Alexandr Zagrebelnii, director of Valan, the charter company that operated the helicopter, said, “55-year-old Oleg ...

Dec 4, 2015

Probe launched over abrupt change in MSDF's next chopper pick

A special unit under the defense minister is investigating whistleblower information that the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s preferred choice for its next-generation utility helicopters, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani admitted Friday. Although the minister declined to elaborate, ministry sources said Thursday that the MSDF’s preferred choice ...

Nov 30, 2015

Air ambulance dispatch trial using accident data begins in Japan

A test service was launched Monday to dispatch ambulance helicopters to the scene of car accidents after analyzing data sent automatically from the vehicles, operators said. Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are teaming up with a nonprofit organization to test the feasibility ...

Nov 22, 2015

Two die in Gunma chopper crash

A small private helicopter crashed near an expressway in a mountainous area in Annaka, Gunma Prefecture, on Sunday, killing its two occupants. Police have yet to identity the victims and are investigating the cause of accident. At around 10:55 a.m., police received an emergency ...

Hard helicopter landing claims Marine, injures 11

Sep 4, 2015

Hard helicopter landing claims Marine, injures 11

A US Marine was killed and 11 others injured when their helicopter made a “hard landing” during training at a U.S. military base, officials said Thursday. The incident at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina occurred during an exercise in which about ...

Aug 8, 2015

Russian helicopter that crashed last October found

Russian investigators said Saturday they have found the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed last October with 14 people on board in a remote mountainous region of Siberia. Rescuers “confirmed information that the Mi-8 helicopter of TuvaAvia airline that went missing on Oct. 10 ...

Feb 13, 2015

MSDF chopper crashes in Miyazaki; three dead

The wreckage of a Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter was found Friday morning in the mountains of Ebino, Miyazaki Prefecture, and its three-man crew was later confirmed dead. The MSDF is investigating the incident. “We will identify the cause of the crash and do our ...