Serious indicent to an Aérospatiale AS332 registered JA9678 operated by Aero Asahi Co occured on 03/01/16 at Mihama [investigation led by ARAIC / Japan]

Preliminary data from the official notification of the Japanese authorities:

The helicopter took off from a temporary helipad in Mihama town, Mikata-gun, Fukui prefecture, Japan at about 10:05 Japan Standard Time to carry a cargo (insulator: weight about one tone) with cargo hook and dropped it in mountainous area in the Mihima town at an altitude about 100 m AGL.