Earlier today (Sunday, 8th November), a helicopter experienced a mid-air collision and crashed in Taman Melawati.
MalaysiaKini reported that out of the 4 victims (3 men, 1 women), 2 individuals were found dead, while 2 others are seriously injured. According to onlookers, the accident between the 2 helicopters happened around 11am – 12pm, and crashed not too far from the Melawati Tamil school.
Fire and Rescue Department, police personnel as well as rescue personnel were joined by Gombak MP Datuk Seri Azmin Ali at the scene. Azmin was notified of the accident while attending a programme in Bukit Antarabangsa this morning.
“It is an unfortunate event. There are casualties but we have yet to ascertain how many,” he said, adding that the other helicopter landed safely. “We hope the relevant authorities such as the Fire and Rescue Department as well as the police can investigate the matter thoroughly. We will wait for more information as the investigation continues.”
Bernama and a netizen posted video clips from the incident. Take a look:
[TERKINI] JBPM Selangor mengesahkan laporan awal mendapati kemalangan melibatkan dua buah helikopter bertembung dan terhempas.
Dua mangsa dikhuatiri maut manakala dua lagi mangsa masih dalam keadaan tidak sedarkan diri.
— Afiezy Azaman_AWANI (@AfiezyAzaman) November 8, 2020
— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) November 8, 2020
Update (8th November, 5:30pm):
Ampang Jaya police chief Mohamad Farouk Eshak has identified the duo that died in the helicopter crash this morning. They are Mohamad Sabri Baharom, 56, and Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi, 44.
He added that the other pair in the helicopter that landed safely were Tan Chai Eian, 51, and former Malaysian Airline System Bhd group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, 66.
“The two helicopters were from the same company and were believed to be flying between Subang and Genting Sempah. Police investigations are focusing on the cause of death. The probe into the cause of the incident will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Department,” Farouk was quoted as saying.