Australian pilot unhurt in aircraft crash

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Jun 2016

Narrow escape: Hardy seen with minor injuries just after the crash in Cameron Highlands.

IPOH: A pilot suffered minor injuries after a light aircraft crashed in Cameron Highlands.

Cameron Highlands OCPD Deputy Supt Zainalabidin Othman said Peter Hardy, the 56-year-old Australian pilot of a G-164B air-craft, was spraying fertiliser at the Sungai Palas Tea Plantation in Brinchang (Boh Plantations Sdn Bhd) when the incident occurred at 1.35pm yesterday.

He said the aircraft crashed at a vegetable farm on a hill in Tringkap.

“The pilot only sustained minor scratches,” he said.

DSP Zainalabidin said the tea plantation company had hired SAS Air Services from Subang to carry out the fertiliser spraying.

Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue Department chief Muham­mad Haziq Hazmi said the pilot’s employer had taken him to seek medical treatment.

“We are still investigating the cause of the crash,” he added.

An eyewitness from Tringkap said he was outside his house at about 1.30pm when he saw an aircraft with its engine switched off hovering above.

Cheong Yip Hing, who is the Tringkap Rela chief, said the aircraft made two rounds before it crashed at the vegetable farm on the hill slope.

“I quickly rushed to the site and found the pilot safe,” he added.

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