Copter crashes at Jakarta hotel

  • AseanPlus News
  • Wednesday, 05 Mar 2003

JAKARTA: Three people were killed when a private helicopter crashed yesterday at a luxury hotel in this Indonesian capital while trying to land on the rooftop helipad, hotel staff and witnesses said. 

Witnesses said the Indonesian pilot and a male and a female passenger died when the Bell helicopter crashed in the swimming pool area at the five-star Sahid Jaya Hotel. No one on the ground was hurt. 

Hotel staff identified the two dead passengers as an Indonesian executive of a local bank and his secretary. 

Hotel security supervisor Muhadi said he believed the helicopter had already touched down at the 21st floor helipad when a strong gust of wind helped push it over the side. 

He said he did not see the crash but based his conclusion on skid marks he saw on the surface of the helipad. 

The red helicopter came down next to the children's pool and an open-air bar on the third-floor level, with part of the wreckage in the pool itself. It was totally wrecked but there were no signs of a fire. 

Staff said the pool area was deserted at the time. 

Three bodies, covered by white linen cloth, were lined up on the ground near the wreckage and later taken inside for identification. – AFP  

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