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Wreckage from the LR-2 plane that disappeared yesterday in Japan have been discovered - VIDEO

Tokyo, Japan - Debris were found on a mountain near Hokkaido. The four crewmembers died

The remains of the Ground Self-Defence Force of Japan that disappeared from radars yesterday morning at about 11:46 am (local time) have been found today. The recoinnassance aircraft -a Beechcraft model LR-2 with registration number FL-677- took off from Okadama airport in Sapporo, a town on the island Hokkaido (Japan) at 11:20 am (local time) for an emergency mission as ambulance aircraft. The local meteorological office warned about the presence of fog and strong winds but the airplane had anyway flew toward Hakodate where it had to pick up a patient, a doctor and other personnel. One minute before disappering the LR-2 was flying at an altitude of 900 meters and was at about 30 km from its destination. Because of the poor visibility it was getting ready to an instrumental landing. After one day of researches which were made difficult by rain and fog and with the participation of more than 1800 people, among Self-Defence Forces, police and rescue personnel, fragments of the aircraft were found scattered on a mountain near Hokuto, a town close to Hakodate, the destination of the flight. The four crewmembers on board -the pilot, the co-pilot and two mechanics- died. The LR-2 is the name that Japan Ground Self-Defence Force gave to the military version of the twin-turboprop Beechcraft Super King Air 300 aircraft, of which the Japanese forces have six units for reconnaissance and communication activities, that were delivered between 1998 and 2004. Below, a video of the discovery of the wreckage:

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