NTSB Identification: SEA01WA099B
Accident occurred Monday, May 21, 2001 in Kuwana Mie Pre., Japan
Aircraft: Aerospatiale AS332, registration:
Injuries: 10 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 21, 2001, approximately 0230 Universal Coordinated Time, a Cessna 172P collided with an Aerospatiale AS332 helicopter over Kuwana Mie Prefecture, Japan. Two individuals in the Cessna, two individuals in the Aerospatiale, and two individuals on the ground received fatal injuries. Both aircraft were operated by Nakanihon Air Service of Nagoya, Japan. Both aircraft were on instructional flights. According to local authorities the helicopter took off from Nagoya Airport, which is located about 30 kilometers northeast of Kuwana, about 30 minutes prior to the accident. The Cessna departed the same location about 18 minutes later. After the mid-air collision, both aircraft crashed into a residential area in Kuwana.

This report is for informational purposes only. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Japan. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Director-General
Secretariat
Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission
Ministry of Transport
2-1-3, Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100
Japan

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