Copter pilot and engineer escape unhurt in crash


By NELSON BENJAMIN

KUALA LUMPUR: Two persons escaped unhurt when a helicopter belonging to PLUS experienced technical problems and crashed during takeoff at the site of last week's rockslide along the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) near the Bukit Lanjan interchange here. 

The Dolphin helicopter was about to take off during a routine inspection at about 7pm when it failed, causing its rotor blades to hit a lamppost nearby. 

The pilot and a PLUS engineer who were onboard were not hurt but suffered from shock. A medical personnel at the site immediately provided medical aid. 

It is learnt that the helicopter was piloted by Kapt Kamal Abdul Ghani and the PLUS engineer concerned was Hassan Mohammad.  

According to a PLUS statement released to the press at the site, the helicopter would be sent to the Aviation Maintenance Depot in Subang for further inspection. 

Last Thursday, a major rockslide left an 8km-stretch of the NKVE near the area impassable when thousands of tonnes of boulders and soil crashed onto the expressway, forcing the closure of the busy Damansara-Sungai Buloh stretch of the expressway. 

No lives or vehicles were lost as contractors hired by PLUS, the expressway concessionaire, had been monitoring the slope and they managed to stop traffic moments before the slope gave way. 

During the incident, a 60m slope adjacent to the northbound side of the expressway at the 21st kilometre collapsed, causing as much as 20,000 tonnes of boulders and soil to crash onto the expressway between the Kota Damansara and Bukit Lanjan interchanges.  

 

Click here for the map of alternative routes.More maps from the PLUS website

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