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7 other buildings damaged by parts from helicopter that crashed in Japan

Staff Writer |
Parts of a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) helicopter that crashed in Japan into a house here on February 5 - killing two crew members - damaged seven other buildings in the vicinity, the GSDF revealed.

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The additional damage includes roofs of buildings being penetrated by components falling from the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter.

The seven affected buildings are all roughly within a 200-meter range of the home of 35-year-old Takashi Kawaguchi, where the helicopter crashed, with two of them being houses.

Helicopter parts went through the roof of one home about 60 meters southeast of the crash site - opening up a hole in the ceiling - and also damaged the rainwater pipe of the house next door. Furthermore, the components created holes and cracks in the roofs and walls of nearby sheds, storehouses and greenhouses.

In addition, Dairyuji combined kindergarten and day care center, which is about 200 meters northwest of Kawaguchi's house, had playground equipment and other items splattered with helicopter oil.

After the crash, two of the four wings belonging to the main rotor of the chopper were discovered separately in an irrigation ditch roughly 300 to 500 meters away from the crash site.