Study on flights to Mt Kinabalu summit


KOTA KINABALU: A detailed assessment will have to be done on the feasibility of flights to the Mount Kinabalu summit, said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

“We need to look into the safety issue first,” he said when asked whether Sabah Parks would allow for “helicopter tourism” on the 4,095m mountain after such an aircraft landed on the summit on Nov 16.

On board the helicopter was Sabah Parks chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Tengku Adlin Tengku Mahamood who flew down from the mountain on a tandem paraglider.

Tengku Adlin said the helicopter landed that morning on a plateau located at an altitude of about 3,900m. From there, he paraglided down the mountain and described it as the experience of a lifetime.

Tengku Adlin said such excursions were another potential product for Sabah’s adventure tou­rism sector.

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