Missing helicopter with nine lifeguards and firefighters.
On Friday, August 10, the authorities of the Prefecture of Gunma Prefecture reported the loss of the helicopter, on Board of which there were four employees of management on struggle against natural disasters (including the pilot), and five firefighters.
Communication with the helicopter was lost in the area of the active volcano Kusatsu-Shirane. According to preliminary version, the helicopter could break or get damaged during the emergency landing. Started search and rescue operation.
The helicopter crew was from the air to inspect the condition of mountain trails on the prefectural border of Gunma and Nagano.