NTSB Identification: LAX05WA072
Accident occurred Friday, December 24, 2004 in Saga, Japan
Aircraft: Robinson R44, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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

On December 24, 2004, at 1208 coordinated universal time (UTC), a Robinson R44 helicopter, JA44RH, was destroyed when it departed cruise flight and impacted the Ariake Sea near Saga, Japan. The commercial pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated by S.G.C Saga Koukuu Company under the provisions of the Japanese civil aviation regulations. The flight departed Nagasaki, Japan, at 1147, and was destined for Saga.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of and is being investigated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport's Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission. Further information can be obtained from:

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission
2-1-2 kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8918

Phone: +81-03-5253-8113
Facsimile: +81-03-5253-1677

Facsimile: +81-03-5253-1677

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