UH-1Js from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fly in formation over Camp Tachikawa in western Tokyo, Oct. 1, 2016. (YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE)
UH-1Js from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fly in formation over Camp Tachikawa in western Tokyo, Oct. 1, 2016. (YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Japanese helicopter breaks in half after forced landing at base in western Tokyo

by Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter was heavily damaged during landing practice Friday near the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo, according to a Japanese military spokesman.

The UH-1 Iroquois, assigned to the Eastern Army Aviation Group, made a hard landing at 9:57 a.m. during training at Camp Tachikawa, the spokesman said. The rules of his job do not allow him to be named.

The two crew members of the downed helicopter were not injured in the accident, which broke the aircraft in half, the spokesman said.

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