A US military aircraft with eight personnel on board has crashed off Yakushima Island in Japan.
At least one person was killed Wednesday after a US military Osprey aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan’s Yakushima Island in southern Kagoshima prefecture, according to a spokesperson from the Japan Coast Guard.
Japan’s coast guard told the BBC that rescue workers have found a passenger who was “not breathing”.
The spokesperson added that no further information was available on the other seven individuals on board and the reason behind the crash.
The Coast Guard received information about the crash around 2:47 p.m. local time (12:47 a.m. ET), said the spokesperson, adding the 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters has dispatched a patrol boat and aircraft to the crash area.
Local media also quoted officials who said the remains of the plane have likely been found off Yakushima.
Japanese broadcaster NHK said the CV-22 Osprey was trying to land at Yakushima Airport and that its left engine was on fire.