Japanese Police Helicopter Crash-Lands in Fukushima

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Koriyama, Fukushima Pref., Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--A police helicopter crash-landed in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Saturday, leaving four people on board seriously injured, police and fire officials said.

Five police officers, a doctor and another medical worker were aboard the prefectural police helicopter Azuma at the time of the incident. The doctor was among the four seriously injured. All seven people remain conscious, the officials said.

The helicopter crash-landed in a rice field while transporting a heart for transplant, the officials said.

The crash landing came shortly after the helicopter departed from a hospital in the Fukushima city of Aizuwakamatsu at around 8 a.m. (11 p.m. Friday GMT), bound for Fukushima Airport, the officials said.

There have been no reports of injury to residents near the scene of the incident.

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