Transport Ministry’s AAIB begins probe on helicopter crash

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The Transport Ministry’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)  has initiated a technical investigation based on Annex 13 –  Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO Annex 13), on an accident involving two helicopters that crashed in Bukit Melawati today.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said based on ICAO Annex 13, an initial investigation report will be prepared within 30 days from the date of the air accident.  

“The main objective of the investigation is to determine the circumstances and cause of the accident with an aim to safeguard lives and prevent future accidents.

“In this regard, the investigation to be initiated is not to apportion blame nor liability,” he said in a statement.    

Wee said the investigating team issue a full report of the findings, which will include recommendations for improvements toward better civil aviation safety,  once the entire investigation is completed.

He said the government will use these findings as a basis to form future recommendations for holistic improvements to the country’s civil aviation industry.  

According to Wee, the Kuala Lumpur Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (KL ARCC) had subsequently been activated to provide all necessary rescue coordination efforts.

Tragically, the latest information indicates that two crew members perished in the crash landing while the other two have been given necessary medical treatment.  

The helicopters ((9M-HCA & 9M-HCB) ,which departed from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, were involved in a flight training session with four crew members.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his family today conveyed their condolences to the families of the two people killed in a helicopter crash in Taman Melawati, Ampang here today.

In a Facebook post, Muhyiddin said he hoped that the families of those killed would exercise patience at this time.

He also said that he was saddened over the accident and prayed that the injured victims would recover quickly.

Police identified the dead as the pilot, Mohamed Sabri Baharom, 56, who had been with the Royal Malaysian Navy, and passenger Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi, 41, a businessman.

The other helicopter, also carrying two people, managed to land safely at a nearby school ground. On board were former Malaysian Airline System Berhad CEO Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, 66, the pilot, and a woman passenger, Tan Chai Eian, 51.