Horrifying thunderous roar preceded helicopter crash

Crash site: A man walking past the Airbus H125 helicopter which crashed at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang. — Bernama

SUBANG: The thundering noise originating from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport frightened worker R. Romu, but when he realised what was causing the commotion, he was horrified.

An Airbus H125 crashed at the airport at 9.25am yesterday.

The 74-year-old, who works near the airport, said he heard a very loud noise before seeing the helicopter plunge.

“I heard a very loud crashing sound from the airport’s cargo area as I was working some 500m away.

“I am used to loud sounds coming from the airport, but never did I expect it to be the sound of a helicopter crashing. It was very scary, ” he said.

Not long after he heard the deafening sound, rescuers arrived at the scene, he added.

The helicopter, operated by Leopad Aviation Sdn Bhd, had departed Sungai Lembing, Pahang, at 8.30am on a private flight to Subang via Maran, Temerloh, Karak and Batu Caves, with one pilot and four passengers on board, said the Transport Ministry in a statement.

“Two people are injured and currently receiving medical assistance while three others are in stable condition.

“The safety investigation will be conducted by the ministry’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau in accordance with Part XXVI of the Civil Aviation Regulations 2016, ” it added.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis said it deployed personnel to the location after receiving the distress call at 9.47am.

“There was no fire as a result of the crash, ” he said. One of the victims suffered a broken leg and head injury while another had light injuries on his leg, he added.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said those involved in the incident were sent to a nearby hospital.

On Jan 1, a pilot and his co-pilot escaped with light injuries after the helicopter they were in crash-landed near West Port Pulau Indah in Klang while performing a hovering manoeuvre.

Last November, two helicopters on a training flight that took off from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport for a round trip to Genting Sempah collided with each other.

One chopper crashed and the other made an emergency landing.

The crash killed one of the pilots and a passenger, while two others including former Malaysia Airlines group CEO Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya were uninjured.

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