Malaysian Air Force helicopter crashes, 6 escape alive

20131224_HelicopterCrash_TheStarANN.jpg

RMAF personnel assessing the wreckage at the crash site in Pulau Perak.

PETALING JAYA - Six Armed Forces personnel had a lucky escape when their Nuri helicopter crash-landed in Pulau Perak, Kedah.

Sources said the helicopter, which departed from the Butterworth air base, landed on the island at about 11.34am on Sunday.

It is learnt that four of those on board suffered minor injuries. They were treated at the Seberang Jaya Hospital in Penang.

A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) spokesman said the pilot's expertise and quick-thinking enabled him to safely land the aircraft, saving the lives of everyone on board.

"The squad was on a mission to send supplies to other air force personnel near the Pulau Perak area," he said.

"The RMAF has already formed an investigation board to probe the cause of the incident," added the spokesman.

The last Nuri crash was on Aug 15, 2004, when three RMAF personnel were killed. Their helicopter had crash-landed about 15km from Ba'Kelalan, near the Sarawak border with Kalimantan. Seven others survived.

Become a fan on Facebook