Copter tragedy: CAAM activated coordination centre at 10.20am

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority (CAAM) has activated its coordination centre to facilitate the rescue mission following the crash of two helicopters at the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) stadium in Lumut, Perak.

CAAM chief executive officer Datuk Capt Norazman Mahmud said its Kuala Lumpur Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (KLARCC) had been activated at 10.20am.

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“Further investigations into the accident will be conducted by TLDM,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

The helicopters – AgustaWestland AW-139 and Eurocopter AS555SN Fennec – took off from the Sitiawan field at 9.03am on a training routine for the 90th Naval Day celebration.

The AW139, carrying seven crew members, crashed on the stairs at the TLDM stadium while the Fennec helicopter with three crew members crashed into the swimming pool in the sports complex.

No survivors were found at the crash site.

According to a statement from the TLDM, an investigation board would be set up to probe the incident.

“The bodies have been taken to the naval base hospital in Lumut for identification purposes," it added.

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