Bodies of all 6 airmen on board crashed Japan military jet have been found: Ministry

A photo provided by Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) that shows two U-125 jets.
A photo provided by Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) that shows two U-125 jets.PHOTO: EPA

TOKYO (AFP) - The bodies of two crew members of a Japanese airforce jet that crashed in mountainous terrain were found by rescuers on Friday (April 8), bringing the death toll to six, the Defence Ministry said.

The U-125 jet with six airmen on board left a military base in Kagoshima prefecture on the south-western island of Kyushu on Wednesday afternoon, but later "disappeared from radar", according to the ministry.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but Defence Minister Nakatani told reporters the ministry would investigate.

On Thursday, the bodies of four crewmen were found as some 600 rescuers, including troops and fire fighters, searched for the plane near the base in bad weather.

Television footage showed a ripped wing and white fragments spread out on a hillside where rescuers searched for the victims.

General Nakatani told reporters it was "extremely regrettable and sad that excellent crew members with a bright future ahead were involved in such an accident".