All 9 Aboard Crashed Japan Helicopter Confirmed Dead

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Nakanojo, Gunma Pref., Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--All nine crew members of a disaster response helicopter that crashed into a mountain in Nakanojo in the eastern Japan prefecture of Gunma on Friday have been confirmed dead, the prefectural government said Saturday.

Of the nine, the captain and a member of the prefectural disaster response aviation team have been identified, according to the Gunma prefectural police department.

The police are accelerating efforts to identify the remaining seven and determine the causes of their deaths. They are also trying to figure out how the accident occurred.

The helicopter, Haruna, is believed to have crashed shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday (1 a.m. GMT). The debris of the aircraft have been found near Mount Yokote, which straddles the prefectural border between Gunma and Nagano.

On Friday, eight of the nine crew members were found, with two confirmed dead.

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