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    No Survivors After Rescue Helicopter Crash in Japan – Reports

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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - The crew of a rescue helicopter that crashed Friday in mountains in central Japan have been confirmed dead, local authorities said.

    The copter came down an hour after takeoff while on a mission to monitor a route in the mountains that had been opened for climbers.

    The Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local officials, that the helicopter left the Gunma prefecture at around 09:15 a.m. local time (0:15 GMT) to examine the route on the borders of the nearby Nagano and Niigata prefectures and was supposed to return an hour and a half later.

    The helicopter was found in the Gunma prefecture north of Tokyo. The Defense Ministry said eight people had been found near the wreckage, one was missing.

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    On Saturday, authorities said they had discovered the ninth person, according to the Kyodo news agency. Doctors who examined the bodies said there were no survivors.


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