Sunday, March 26, 2023

Helicopter on the way to Tanjung Rambutan crashes into Cameron Highland, all six victims found safe

NewsHelicopter on the way to Tanjung Rambutan crashes into Cameron Highland, all...

Yesterday (26 October), a helicopter with six people on board crashed near Cameron Highlands. All six victims were found alive but they suffered light injuries, with one sustaining a broken leg.

According to Perak police chief Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri, the rescuer found all six victims in the hills of Brinchang around 4 pm. They were in stable condition and receiving medical assistance.

Earlier that day, a chopper believed to be carrying medical personnel and equipment was reported to have crashed in a forest in Brinchang around 1 pm.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) later confirmed that the mishap involves an Airbus AS355 F2 helicopter, operated by private charter airline Layang Layang Aerospace that was heading to Tanjung Rambutan, Perak from Kampung Gawin, Gua Musang in Kelantan.

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Meanwhile, Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman said they had mobilised the Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team (STORM) to conduct a search and rescue (SAR) to locate the crashed helicopter and its victims.

Azmi said that those on board the helicopter included a pilot and five passengers who are believed officers from the Health Ministry.

The SAR also involved firemen from Tapah and Cameron Highlands.

Health Ministry responds

Following the incident, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed that the six victims were indeed from the Kinta District Health Department.

He said that as of 7 pm on 26 October, four victims have been successfully transported from the crash site to the treatment zone, with two being referred to Hospital Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom for further examination, while the other two are still at the treatment zone.

The remaining two were taken out from the crash site to the treatment zone.

He explained that the Flying Doctor Unit (FDU) consisting of a medical officer, an assistant medical officer, a nurse, a public health assistant, a community nurse and a pilot who were on their way to Tanjung Rambutan, Ipoh after completing a routine visit to the Orang Asli village in Gua Musang, Kelantan.

“The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Team, as first responders, reached the scene and are trying to bring down all the victims.”

“Two emergency medical teams led by an emergency medical specialist were also mobilised to the scene from Hospital Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom,” he said.

He said that authorities are still investigation the reason for the helicopter to make an emergency landing is underway.

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