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Two bodies have been found in the wreckage of a Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter that was raised from the seabed after crashing off northeastern Japan in August, the Maritime Self-Defense Force said Friday.

The MSDF confirmed the deaths of Lt. Cmdr. Yuki Sato, 36, and Ensign Hiroaki Tajima, 24, who were the captain and co-pilot of the SH-60J helicopter. Their bodies were found shortly after midnight Thursday after the wreckage was recovered and placed on a salvage barge.

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