Five agencies involved in search for missing helicopter

Members of the SAR team planning their operations on Monday (Sept 12) morning.

TAPAH: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the helicopter that went missing near Bidor resumed at around 8.30am Monday (Sept 12).

Tapah OCPD Supt Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said at least five agencies are involved in the mission.

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“The SAR mission started after the briefing at 7am.

“A total of 10 officers and 197 personnel are involved in the mission,” he said in a press conference at the Bidor police station on Monday.

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Wan Azharuddin said among those involved are the state Fire and Rescue Department, Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart), Forestry Department, General Operations Force, police and villagers.

“There are five groups conducting the SAR mission at the Chikus Forest Reserve and Kampung Kenangan.

“Our focus for today is in the 5km radius where the helicopter was last detected,” he said adding that the weather is expected to be good.

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The SAR had been called off on Sunday (Sept 11) due to nightfall and bad weather conditions.

On Sunday, the helicopter, with a single pilot on board, is said to have lost contact with KLATCC at 12.16pm.

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The aircraft took off from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang at 11.37am for a private flight and was scheduled to land at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here at 12.37pm.

The helicopter model is a Eurocopter EC120B, registration marking N409HH operated by Heli Outpost Sdn Bhd.

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Perak police chief Datuk Comm Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri on Sunday said the helicopter's last known location was in the Chikus Forest Reserve.

A control centre would be set up near Kampung Kenangan in Bidor, which is closest to where the helicopter, with a single pilot on board, went down.

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