Semenyih crash: Police investigating pilot's financial status

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  • Saturday, 18 Apr 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The financial position of the helicopter pilot killed in the April 4 crash in Semenyih, Captain Clifford William Fournier (pic) is being investigated by the police.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said this to reporters after attending a special function at Sri Kandaswamy Temple, Brickfields here on Friday in conjunction with the 208th Police Commemoration Day

"We will look at several aspects, especially his activities, hobbies or whether he had any problems including financial problems. This matter may have affected his performance and focus on flying," he said.

Noor Rashid said the investigation into the helicopter crash was divided into two elements.

One element is the police investigation of possible negligence, sabotage and other motives.

The other is the investigation of the technical aspects on how the helicopter crashed killing all six onboard.

"Forensic examinations take time. We have also traced witnesses and gathered some information, including from the victims' families,” said Noor Rashid.

He added that all bodies recovered from the crash site have since been claimed.

“We need a technical report from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to be reanalyzed," he said.

Noor Rashid said the police would be recalling witnesses and posing new questions to them when the technical report was received.

In the April 4 incident, the AS365N2 Dauphin helicopter carrying six people crashed in a rubber plantation in Kampung Sungai Pening, Semenyih at 4.55pm.

Besides Fournier, also killed were Rompin MP and former Malaysian ambassador to the United States, Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis and Private Secretary General to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Azlin Alias.

Aside from the three, businessman Datuk Tan Huat Seang, Jamaluddin's personal bodyguard Razakan Seran and a woman known as Aidana Baizieva were also killed. - Bernama

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