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Main rotor head of crashed helicopter retrieved in Japan

Staff Writer |
The main rotor head of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) helicopter that crashed in Kanzaki on February 5 killing two crew members was retrieved by the GSDF.

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As two of the four main rotor components are missing, the GSDF and Saga Prefectural Police are investigating the possibility that the main rotor may have broken off midair, causing the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter to crash.

One of the helicopter's four blades was found with a rotor component attached in an irrigation channel approximately 500 meters southeast from the house into which the helicopter crashed.

Two other blades were found near the main rotor head at the house, but were detached from the rotor head.


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