Japanese tourist helicopter makes emergency landing near Mount Aso after engine failure, injuring 3, including 2 HK nationals

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Mount Aso

13th May 2024 – (Kumamoto) On Monday (13th), a tourist helicopter flying over Mount Aso experienced an engine failure and was forced to make an emergency landing. The helicopter, carrying one pilot and two passengers, sustained injuries during the process, and all three individuals were promptly transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to local media reports, the two passengers were identified as Hong Kong nationals.

The local fire department, citing information from the scene, confirmed that the helicopter in question belonged to the “Aso Cuddly Dominion” tourist attraction, located in Kumamoto City. Firefighters received an emergency call at approximately noon, notifying them that the helicopter’s engine had ceased functioning while in mid-air, leading to the urgent landing in an open area approximately 300 meters east of the animal park.

The helicopter had a total of three occupants on board, consisting of one pilot and two passengers. The pilot, aged 57, suffered a pelvic bone fracture, while the 33-year-old female passenger sustained a foot fracture. The 32-year-old male passenger suffered facial injuries. All three individuals remain conscious and able to communicate with others.