TOKYO, Jun 21, 2019, Kyodo. A Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter made a crash landing at its camp in the suburbs of Tokyo on Friday, though both crew members escaped unharmed, the GSDF said, reported the Japan Today.
The UH-1J multipurpose helicopter was being flown in an emergency landing training exercise when it came down at Camp Tachikawa, at around 9:55 a.m. The chopper was split in half and its main rotor damaged.
A pilot and co-pilot were on board, according to the GSDF.
“We apologize for making residents in the neighborhood anxious,” Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said at a press conference.
Multipurpose helicopters are used for transporting personnel and materials, and to carry out rescue missions during disasters.