• Kyodo

  • SHARE

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.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)