Japan Defence ministry announces military jet with six aboard missing

A military search is under way for the missing aircraft and its crew.

By: AFP | Tokyo | Published: April 6, 2016 6:13 pm
Japan, Missing aircraft, Missing air force plane, Japan missing aircraft, Japan missing aeroplane, Japan missing military plane, Japan missing air force plane, Japan news, Asia news, World news The U-125 aircraft left a base in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu island in southwestern Japan in the early afternoon.

A Japanese air force plane with six people aboard went missing on Wednesday, the defence ministry announced, and a search was under way in mountainous terrain.

The U-125 aircraft left a base in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu island in southwestern Japan in the early afternoon, said Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, head of the Air Self-Defence Force.

The small jet “disappeared from the radar”, Sugiyama told a press briefing.

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Public broadcaster NHK showed footage of helicopters searching forest-covered mountains for the aircraft, while military and emergency vehicles rushed towards the area.

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