• Kyodo


Two men were confirmed dead on Sunday after an ultra-light plane crashed into a golf course in a Tokyo suburb, police said.

An employee at the golf course in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, about 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, discovered the plane wreckage early Sunday morning and reported it, local police said.

The two-seater plane went missing after it took off from an airfield in the neighboring city of Chikusei on Saturday afternoon.

Police identified those killed as Sadao Ishijima, the 59-year-old pilot, a self-employed man from Chikusei, and his relative Toshio Wada, a 57-year-old office worker from Higashimurayama, Tokyo.

A 79-year-old man from the sky sports club that Ishijima belonged to said the amateur pilot had about 20 years of flight experience and flew mainly on weekends.

“Before his flight we talked to each other about the fine weather. I’m sorry that our friend was lost,” he said.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.