Damage found in main rotor head bolt linked to fatal GSDF chopper crash in Saga

Damage has been found in a bolt in the main rotor head of the Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter that fatally crashed in Saga Prefecture in February, government sources said Monday.


The sources think the rotor head of the AH-64D Apache from the GSDF’s Metabaru Camp broke apart in mid-air, leading to a catastrophic accident. Without its rotor, the chopper plummeted onto a house in Kanzaki where an 11-year-old girl was inside.


The two-man crew died but the girl survived.


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