Photo/IllutrationPolice and firefighters investigate the crash site of an AS332 helicopter in Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, on Nov. 8. (Ikuro Aiba)

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A private helicopter crashed in a village in Gunma Prefecture on Nov. 8, killing all four people on board, sources said.

Their identities were not immediately known.

Police received a call around 2:30 p.m. about a helicopter crash in the village of Ueno, Gunma Prefecture.

According to the transport ministry and a local fire department, the helicopter was an AS332, manufactured by French company Aerospatiale and owned by Toho Air Service Co., based in Tokyo’s Koto Ward.

The chopper took off from Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, around 2 p.m. to transport goods to the Tochigi Heliport in Haga, Tochigi Prefecture.

According to officials of the Ueno village government, the crash site was located several hundred meters from the village government building.

Black smoke caused by the crash could be seen from the building.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the electricity supply was suspended to about 200 households around the crash site.