Five missing after Japan coastguard helicopter crash

A Japanese coastguard helicopter crashed into the sea on Wednesday after apparently hitting offshore power lines, leaving its five crew missing, a coastguard official said.

Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 18:59 PM IST

Tokyo: A Japanese coastguard helicopter
crashed into the sea on Wednesday after apparently hitting offshore
power lines, leaving its five crew missing, a coastguard
official said.
The helicopter Akizuru crashed near small islets that
are part of Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku, one of Japan`s four
main islands.
"Several patrol ships are now searching for the
missing people," the coastguard official said.

He said conditions were believed to be sunny and calm
at the time of the accident, which happened shortly after 1130
IST.

PTI