Defect in the engine of a military helicopter

Tokyo District Court on Monday ordered Kawasaki Heavy Industries <7012> to pay 230 million yen in damages to the Japanese government for a defect in the engine of a military helicopter that crashed during an exercise in 2000.

The government has claimed the engine’s trouble caused the crash of the Ground Self-Defense Force AH-1S antitank helicopter and held Kawasaki Heavy liable to damages worth 280 million yen.

The chopper crashed to the ground from 7.5 meters in the air after the engine suddenly stopped during hover training. Two crew members were seriously injured in the accident at the GSDF’s Higashifuji maneuver area in Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan.

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