Yesterday (26 Oct), a helicopter of six passengers including five medical personnel and the pilot crashed in the Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve traveling from Gua Musang, Kelantan.
Thankfully, authorities were able to quickly carry out a search-and-rescue operation to locate the victims due to pilot Captain Fedzrol Norazam’s quick-wittedness, which led him to immediately phoned a friend after the crash to explain what had just happened.
Perak Chief of Police – Chief Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri stated that initial reports suggest the pilot first contacted his friend who was in Ipoh at the time and reported the incident to the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).
“After the phone call was made, we were able to track down the helicopter’s location, allowing us to commence a quick search-and-rescue operation to locate the victims.”
Chief Datuk Mohd Yusri added by saying that all the victims miraculously survived and managed to escape the helicopter before taking shelter nearby.
Currently, all six victims are being treated at Hospital Sulatanah Hajjah Kalsom in the emergency ward with two of them suffering serious injuries.
After all the victims were admitted to the hospital, the search-and-rescue operation was concluded approximately around 9pm.
Closing off his statement, Chief Datuk Mohd Yusri claimed that while the helicopter was en route to Perak, weather conditions became poorer once it rained heavily and became extremely foggy.
As of right now, CAAM will continue their investigation regarding the incident while carrying out operations to remove every bit of the wreckage.