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Collision of two Malaysian navy choppers claims ten lives in mid-air tragedy

Alex Thompson By Alex Thompson May10,2024
Key Points
  • Two helicopters collided at the Lumut Naval Base in the western state of Perak on Tuesday.
  • Malaysia’s defence minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the aircraft were rehearsing for a naval parade.
  • Efforts are underway to verify the identities of the crew members killed, all of whom were below the age of 40.
Two Malaysian navy helicopters have collided in mid-air during a rehearsal for a naval parade, killing all 10 crew members aboard, the country’s navy said in a statement.
The incident occurred at the Lumut Naval Base in the western state of Perak on Tuesday morning, the navy said.
“All victims were confirmed dead at the scene and sent to the Lumut Naval Base military hospital for identification,” the navy said.
A video circulating on local media showed several helicopters flying in formation when one of the chopper’s rotors clipped another before both aircraft crashed into the ground.
Local police confirmed the footage was genuine.
The navy said it would investigate the cause of the accident.
Defence minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the aircraft — a maritime operations helicopter and a Fennec military chopper — were rehearsing for a parade celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Navy, due to be held on Saturday.

Efforts were underway to verify the identities of the crew members killed, all of whom were below the age of 40, Mohamed Khaled told reporters.

Alex Thompson

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2 thoughts on “Collision of two Malaysian navy choppers claims ten lives in mid-air tragedy”
  1. Such a tragic incident, my heart goes out to the families of the crew members. It’s devastating to lose young lives in such a terrible accident. I hope the authorities conduct a thorough investigation to prevent such tragedies in the future.

  2. How tragic! Were there any safety precautions in place during the rehearsal for such an event?

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