• Kyodo


Transportation authorities concluded Thursday that pilot vertigo caused an August 2018 helicopter crash in a mountainous area that killed all nine crew members.

Noriyuki Amagai, the 57-year-old pilot of the Bell 412EP rescue helicopter, is believed to have lost his bearings due to “spatial disorientation” while flying the chopper to assess a mountain trail in low visibility amid bad weather, the Japan Transport Safety Board said in a report.

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