Copter tragedy: Navy's Squadron 503 mourns loss of four colleagues

Photo: Bernama

KOTA KINABALU: Squadron 503 of the Royal Malaysian Navy in Sepanggar mourns for the loss of their four colleagues who perished in the helicopter accident in Lumut, Perak, on Tuesday morning (April 23).

Its public relations officer, Lieutenant Commander Mohd Fadzhil Salleh, said everyone shed tears upon receiving news over the passing of the four crew members, including Squadron 503 commanding officer Commander Muhammad Firdaus Ramli, who was the pilot of one of the squadron's helicopters.

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Describing Muhammad Firdaus as a kind, cheerful and helpful person, Mohd Fadzhil said among their last memories together was the former piloting the same helicopter for an aerial survey with the media recently.

“That was the same helicopter involved in this morning’s accident,” he said.

Families of the deceased officers and personnel were flown by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) aircraft through Terminal 2 of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Kuala Lumpur at 1.20pm, on Tuesday.

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