Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to resume UH-60 helicopter training after crash

NHK has learned that Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force plans to fully resume flight training of its UH-60 helicopter starting from Monday following a crash last year.

The GSDF suspended training on board the multi-purpose UH-60 helicopter, except within its camps or surrounding areas, after one of them crashed off Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, last April. All 10 personnel on board were killed.

A report concluded that an engine failure known as "rollback," a phenomenon that gradually decreases output, was one of the causes of the crash.

The GSDF said it has implemented measures to prevent a recurrence. They include confirming emergency operation in the event of a "rollback" and notifying personnel of the process.

The GSDF deploys 39 of the helicopters at seven camps in Japan.

A source related to the Defense Ministry says flight routes and other details will be decided by each unit. It adds that relevant municipalities were briefed by Friday about the planned resumption of the training and measures to prevent a recurrence.