Helicopter crash kills two men in Japan

A helicopter crash killed two men in western Japan today after hitting a power line, according to media and authorities.

AFP| Last Updated: Mar 06, 2015, 17:10 PM IST

Tokyo: A helicopter crash killed two men in western Japan today after hitting a power line, according to media and authorities.

An "AS 332L" helicopter was travelling from a hydropower plant in Mie prefecture to a regional heliport for refuelling, but crashed in a mountainous area on the way, a police spokesman said.
The chopper touched a power line and crashed around 10:50 am (0150 GMT), according to an official at the transport ministry.

Local media said the two men on board died in the crash, although police declined to immediately confirm the reports.

Authorities would investigate the cause of the accident, officials said.

"We are studying the details of exactly what happened" to the helicopter, the transport ministry official told AFP.