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2 helicopters collide in Malaysia, killing all 10 crew; person in swimming pool injured


Two military helicopters collided during a training session in northern Malaysia on Tuesday killing all 10 people on board and injuring a person in a swimming pool in the debris field, officials said.

The two aircraft were rehearsing for the 90th-anniversary celebration of the Royal Malaysian Navy. They crashed midair while training for a flyover after departing from a naval base shortly after 9 a.m., local time.

The rehearsal was taking place at the Royal Malaysian Navy stadium in Lumut, about 130 miles northwest of Kuala Lumpur, local media reported.

CORRECTS THE SOURCE - In this photo released by Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia, fire and rescue department inspect the crash site of two helicopter in Lumur, Perak state, Monday, April 23, 2024. Malaysia's navy says two military helicopters collided and crashed during a training session, killing all 10 people on board. (Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia via AP)
Malaysia’s navy says two military helicopters collided and crashed during a training session, killing all 10 people on board. (Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia via AP)

After the collision, one helicopter carrying three crew members crashed into a swimming pool in the naval base’s sports complex. One person who was swimming at the time sustained minor injuries after getting hit by the debris, officials said.

The other chopper, carrying seven people, crashed in an empty sports field.

A video of the incident circulating on social media appears to show one of the helicopters clipping the rotor of the other before the two collide and crash into the ground.

The victims — seven men and three women — range in age from 26 to 41, Defense Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin said according to Malaysian newspaper The Star.

“A total of seven helicopters were involved in the rehearsal that was into the fourth day today,” Khaled said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said in a statement shared on social media the nation mourned over the “heart [and] soul-wrenching tragedy involving the crash of two helicopters at Lumut TLDM Base.”

The 90th Naval Day celebration was originally scheduled for Sunday. All events to mark the date have now been canceled, officials said. Instead, prayers for the victims will be held on Friday.

With News Wire Services



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