Transport Ministry to investigate helicopter crash, initial report expected within 30 days

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Nov 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will investigate the helicopter accident in Taman Melawati on Sunday (Nov 8), with an initial investigation report to be prepared within 30 days.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the technical investigation, based on Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO Annex 13) - has been initiated by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB).

“The main objective of the investigation is to determine the circumstances and cause of the accident with an aim to safeguard lives and prevent future accidents. In this regard, the investigation to be initiated is not to apportion blame or liability.

“The investigating team will be issuing a full report of the findings, which will include recommendations for improvements toward better civil aviation safety once the entire investigation is completed.

“The government will use these findings as a basis to form future recommendations for holistic improvements to the country's civil aviation industry,” Dr Wee said in a statement on Sunday.

In the Sunday incident, two men were killed after a helicopter crashed after being involved in a mid-air collision.

The two men killed were 56-year-old Mohamed Sabri Baharom and 44-year-old Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi.

It is believed that both helicopters left Subang airport at 11.11am and one crash-landed at 11.33am, 22 minutes into the flight. The collision occurred at an altitude of 1,300ft (396m).

Dr Wee said that the Kuala Lumpur Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (KL ARCC) had been activated to provide all necessary rescue coordination efforts.

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