Over the weekend there was a crash involving two helicopters in Melawati, Kuala Lumpur. Reports said that the two helicopters were on its way to Genting Sempah from Subang Airbase.
There was a total of 4 victims in the helicopter incident, 1 Female and 3 Males. One of the victims is former Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) group chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya who was seated in the red helicopter with the woman who was identified as Tan Chai Eian and had survived the crash.
Unfortunately, the two passengers in the blue helicopter were killed in the crash. They were identified as My Heli Club’s captain and chief flying instructor, Commander (Rtd) Mohamed Sabri Baharom and Mohammad Irfan Rawi.
The Fire and Rescue Department had confirmed that the two helicopters had collided mid-air and crashed in Melawati.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong stated that the two helicopters that crashed were involved in a flight training session between the four crew members. The Blue helicopter crashed, and the Red helicopter made an emergency landing at the SJKT Taman Melawati field.
BSKU Air Accident Chief Inspector Brig-Gen Izani Ismail stated that the two survivors will be called to assist in the investigation as the helicopters did not have a black box. “Black boxes are only available on helicopters that are larger in size and heavier,” when asked as it is vital investigation tool in event of an air crash.
“Following this accident, a technical investigation based on Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO Annex 13) has been initiated by the Minister of Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BSKU) from 8 November 2020. Based on ICAO Annex 13, an initial investigation report will be prepared within 30 days from the date of the air accident,” Wee said.
Credits to Soya Cincau and Malay Mail for initial coverage.