Monday, May 15, 2017

Updated: Japanese JGSDF King Air crashes

A Japanese military aircraft has crashed in the northern part of the country on Monday while on a civilian mission.

The Beechcraft King Air B300 twin turboprop aircraft operated by Japanese Ground Self Defense Force was flying an air ambulance mission to Hakodate airport when the radar contact was lost.

The aircraft disappeared from radar over the northern island of Hokkaido around noon on Monday, when it was about 30 kilometers west of Hakodate Airport.

The wreckage of the aircraft was located in a mountainous side, near Hokkaido. The aircraft

The JGSDF operated six of these B300s in the reconnaissance and communications roles under the designation LR-2. The aircraft were delivered between 1998 and 2004.

The aircraft had took off carrying four onboard including two pilots, from an airport in Sapporo City at 11:23 AM and lost contact at around 11:47 AM.
The LR-2 besides carrying out reconnaissance missions, can seat 10 passengers and can be configured with a stretcher for air ambulance missions.