Officials in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, say 2 crewmembers of a rescue helicopter that crashed on Friday have been confirmed dead.
The 2 were among a crew of nine on the helicopter when it left a heliport in Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture earlier in the day.
Eight people were found near the wreckage after the aircraft crashed in a mountain in Nakanojo near the border with neighboring Nagano Prefecture. The remaining crewmember is missing.
Police and rescue authorities are trying to confirm the condition of the 6 others and searching for the missing crewmember.