Copter tragedy: Squadron 503's unknowing final farewell touches hearts online

PETALING JAYA: A Facebook post showing members of Squadron 503 waving goodbye to their colleagues in two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters heading towards the naval base in Lumut has touched the hearts of Malaysians online.

The picture was posted on the official Squadron 503 Facebook page on April 19.

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Squadron 503 of the Royal Malaysian Navy in Sepanggar lost four of their colleagues who perished in the helicopter accident in Lumut, Perak, on Tuesday morning (April 23).

In the picture, five squadron members are seen waving to their colleagues in the helicopters at an airfield.

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The post was accompanied by the words: "Meaningful wave from some of the remaining crew; perhaps they can always return home early next time? Who knows, the admin still hopes for the best,"

('Lambaian penuh makna daripada sebahagian kru yang tinggal, selepas ini mereka mungkin boleh balik awal selalu?)

According to the post, the squadron members had been sending off the team, which included two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, nine crew members, and 11 technicians, for the Navy Day celebration in Lumut.

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