June 4, 2017
TOYAMA- Four people were confirmed dead on Sunday after being rescued from a wreckage believed to be that of a small plane that crashed into Japan's Northern Alps in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, the previous day.
At around 5 a.m. (8 p.m. Saturday GMT), rescuers from the Toyama prefectural police department discovered the wreckage on the slope of Mount Shishidake at an altitude of about 2,300 meters.
The four, all men from neighboring Nagano Prefecture and aged between 21 and 57, were taken by helicopter to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
The police plan to conduct autopsies on the victims to determine the causes of their deaths, while looking into why the plane crashed.
The transport ministry's Japan Transport Safety Board dispatched two investigators to the accident site.
The four aboard the crashed plane were Takao Kinoshita, 57, Eiji Oguchi, 48, Katsuki Kasai, 21, and Kazuki Higuchi, 22. (Jiji Press)
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