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Last Updated: Monday, 23 February, 2004, 08:35 GMT
Japan military helicopters crash
A helicopter flies over the scene of the crash
An instructor and a trainee were killed in the crash
Two crewmen have died after two Japanese military helicopters collided in central Japan.

The AH-1S Cobra anti-tank helicopters came down in a mountainous area near the city of Toba, 300km south-west of Tokyo.

The aircraft were taking part in a training exercise at a military flight school.

The two men who were killed were a 47 year old flight instructor and a 29-year-old trainee.

They were the crew of one of the helicopters.

Police said the instructor and trainee pilot of the other helicopter were pulled conscious from the wreckage.

They had broken bones, but their lives were not in danger.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.



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