JASDF U-125 flight inspection aircraft lost with all crew onboard

April 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A British Aerospace U-125A from the Hyakuri Kyunantai (Air Rescue Squadron) departs Hyakuri on a training sortie. Most JASDF airbases have their own rescue squadrons operating U-125s and/or UH-60s.A British Aerospace U-125A from the Hyakuri Kyunantai (Air Rescue Squadron) departs Hyakuri on a training sortie. Most JASDF airbases have their own rescue squadrons operating U-125s and/or UH-60s. © Roy Choo The three U-125s flown by the Hiko Tenkentai for flight inspection duties are easily identifiable by their distinctive red and white schemes. The JASDF also operates 27 U-125As (seen here) for search-and-rescue missions with various Kyunantai (Air Rescue Squadron) stationed at airbases around Japan. © Roy Choo

A Japan Air-Self Defence Force (JASDF) U-125, serial 49-3043, was lost on 6 April with all six crew onboard when it crashed into mountainous terrain near Kanoya Air Base, in the Kagoshima Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. The aircraft had taken off from Kanoya at 1315hrs LT and disappeared from the radar screens 1 hr 20 mins later at an altitude of 2,900 feet. Due to the inaccessibility of the crash site, the wreckage was only found a day later. The U-125 was one of three from the Hiko Tenkentai (Flight Check Squadron) based at Iruma Air Base, Saitama, and had been dispatched to the Japan Maritime-Self Defence Force (JMSDF) base for NAVAIDs inspection and calibration.


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