Weather not a factor in copter crash

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  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Bad weather has been ruled out as the cause of the helicopter crash in Semenyih that killed six people, including Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis.

A source in the investigation said examiners had now narrowed it down to either a mechanical or human error that brought down the Dauphin AS365N2 on April 4.

The source confirmed that audio from the helicopter’s cockpit voice recorder did reveal a “lull” in conversation between the passengers for several minutes near the end of the flight but found nothing “mysterious” about it.

“Earlier on in the flight, the pilot and passengers were heard discussing a sound coming from the helicopter. They said they were worried about a mechanical issue,” the source said.

The source also confirmed that 25-year-old Aidana Baizieva was participating in the flight operations with pilot Capt Clifford William Fournier Jr but said it was still too early to tell if her involvement had anything to do with the crash.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said analysis of the flight recordings was still being done and that details would be revealed in a preliminary report early next month.

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