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10 killed in mid-air helicopter crash in Malaysia


Emergency personnel work on the website of a helicopter crash in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, April 23, 2024. — Reuters
  • Incident occurred throughout rehearsal for navy’s anniversary festivities.
  • Malaysian PM conveys condolences over “heart-wrenching” tragedy.
  • Navy publicizes probe to search out out reason for the deadly accident.

As many as 10 individuals have died in a mid-air crash between two Malaysian Navy helicopters on the Lumut naval base, Perak on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at round 9:30am whereas navy helicopters have been rehearsing for the Navy Day parade, Al Jazeera reported.

Malaysian Navy has confirmed the demise of all the ten crew members saying that the our bodies have been shifted to the Lumut naval base army hospital for identification.

A video circulating on native media confirmed a number of helicopters flying in formation, when one of many choppers’ rotor clipped one other earlier than each plane crashed into the bottom. 

In the meantime, native police has additionally confirmed the authenticity of the footage.

The navy mentioned it could perform an investigation into the reason for the accident.

Defence Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin mentioned the plane — a maritime operations helicopter and a Fennec army chopper — have been rehearsing for a parade celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Navy, on account of be held on Saturday.

Chatting with reporters, the minister mentioned that efforts have been underway to confirm the identities of the crew members killed, all of whom have been under the age of 40.

In response to the Prime Time News24, one of many helicopters carrying seven individuals crashed onto a working monitor, whereas the opposite with three individuals on board crashed right into a swimming pool.

Reacting to the incident, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, in a put up on X, conveyed condolences to the bereaved households saying that the nation “mourns the heart-wrenching tragedy”.

The incident comes as two crew members have been rescued final month after a Malaysian coast guard helicopter crashed into the ocean off Malaysia’s Angsa Island final month.

The nation has a historical past of helicopter crashes as two individuals have been killed when two helicopters, in the same incident, crashed into one another in 2020.

Earlier than that, six individuals died, together with the-then Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Noriah Kasnon in a helicopter crash in 2016.

The incident occurred a yr after the then Malaysia’s ambassador to america Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed together with 4 others after their helicopter crashed right into a forest.

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