Kapar plane crash: Wait for AAIB statement on 'no-fly' order, says Loke

KUALA LUMPUR: Any statements regarding the light aircraft crash in Kapar, Klang will be issued by the Transport Ministry's Air Accident Investigation Bureau, says Anthony Loke.

"Any factual statement on the matter will be issued by the AAIB," the Transport Minister said on Saturday (Feb 17) about the crash of a Gabriel BK160TR on Tuesday (Feb 13) that killed two people.

He was responding to a recent report by an English daily stating that the ill-fated aircraft that crashed in Kapar was supposed to be grounded.

The daily quoted the plane's manufacturer Blackshape saying that it had issued a "no-fly order" for the plane on Oct 25, 2023.

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"The aircraft was taken into the air in flagrant and patent violation of a 'grounding' order," the manufacturer said as quoted in the report.

The Italy-based company was also quoted as saying that several reminders were sent to the aircraft's distributor.

"This absolute no-fly order originated from the impossibility of verifying the condition of use and maintenance of the aircraft," the report added.

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On Tuesday, a light aircraft crashed in Kapar, Klang in Selangor.

The bodies of the two victims – pilot Daniel Yee Hsiang Khoon, 30, and passenger Roshaan Singh Rania, 42 – were recovered at about 8pm, some six hours after the crash at about 1.50pm.

Yee was from Penang while Roshaan Singh was from Johor.

The aircraft took off from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang before crashing some 40km east at Kampung Tok Muda, Kapar.

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