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Pilot killed in helicopter crash in central Japan

A police car in Japan. (Mainichi)

SHIZUOKA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A helicopter crashed into a forest in central Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on Wednesday, leaving its pilot dead, police said.

    Police received a call reporting the sound of an aircraft crash at around 3:35 p.m. in a forested area of the city of Shimada.

    The wreckage was located and the pilot, Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead later, the police said.

    The accident did not spark a fire and there were no other injuries, authorities added.

    High winds were recorded around the time of the crash and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.

    According to the Japan Transport Safety Board, the chopper took off from a heliport in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, at 3 p.m. and was bound for Yokohama, near Tokyo.

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