Tokyo - Japan's military said Friday that a search and rescue mission has found three crew presumed dead from a helicopter that went missing a day earlier.
A spokesman for the Maritime Self-Defense Force, Japan's navy, said they had no heartbeat, but a medical pronouncement of death was still to come.
The OH-6DA helicopter went missing in the southern region of Kyushu on Thursday morning.
Also read: Indian army helicopter crashes in Kashmir region, killing 2
It was later found in dense woods along with its crew, two of whom were experienced instructors in their 30s and 40s. The third was a trainee in his 20s who was learning aircraft navigation.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, but the crew had changed their flight plan in mid-air due to bad weather.