Semenyih crash: Investigation report into copter tragedy ready in a month, says Liow

  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Apr 2015

BENTONG: The investigation report on the cause of the Dauphin 9M-IGB helicopter crash, which killed Rompin MP Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis and five others in Semenyih, is expected to be ready in a month. 

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) said evidence was still being gathered at the crash site including retrieving parts of the helicopter wreckage.

Witnesses' accounts of the accident were also being recorded. 

"The black box found yesterday (Sunday) will be sent to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in the United Kingdom today to be analysed for a preliminary report on the tragedy. 

"It will take between three and four days to come up with the data, and a week for an analysis of the data. So we expect the process for a full investigation into the accident to take about a month," he said. 

Liow was speaking to reporters after attending the handing-over ceremony of the Halia Bentong Geography Indicators Certificate and Intellectual Property Seminar held for Halia Bentong entrepreneurs here, Monday.   

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek, and MyIPO chairman Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail. 

Liow also urged all parties not to speculate on the incident as it could upset the victims' families. 

Asked to comment on the identity of operations assistant Aidana Baizieca, who had been the subject of much query, Liow said the female victim was an employee of the helicopter company and not a co-pilot as reported earlier. 

However, he refused to elaborate on the post-mortem report, saying that it would be announced together with the full report on the crash. 

In the 4.50pm incident on Saturday, the AS365 helicopter carring Jamaluddin and five other passengers including the principal private secretary to the Prime Minister Datuk Azlin Alias crashed in a rubber estate in Kampung Pasir Baru, Sungai Pening, Semenyih. 

All the victims were on their way home to Subang after attending the wedding reception of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's daughter in Taman Tasik Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang. - BERNAMA


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