Malaysian Navy helicopter collides in midair, 10 killed

Two Malaysian Navy helicopters collided mid-air during a training exercise in the northwestern state of Perak on Tuesday, killing all 10 people on board. This is at least the second accident involving a government plane in the Southeast Asian country in recent months.

The two helicopters collided at 9:32 a.m. during a rehearsal for the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Malaysian Navy on Saturday, the navy said.

According to the navy, all 10 people on board the two helicopters, all crew members, died at the Lumut naval base.

Video released by Malaysian news media showed two helicopters crashing mid-air, followed by various aircraft parts spiraling out of the sky.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said in a statement on social media: “The nation mourns the heartbreaking and soul-destroying tragedy of two helicopter crashes at Lumut TLDM base today. ” he said, referring to the Malaysian abbreviation of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

Malaysian King Sultan Ibrahim said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a national hero in this tragedy.”

The Navy said it would investigate the cause of the collision. He asked the public not to share the video of the accident to protect the privacy of the families of those involved. Defense Minister Khalid Nordin told reporters that authorities may consider postponing anniversary celebrations in the wake of the tragedy.

Last month, four people were rescued after a Malaysian Coast Guard helicopter crashed in the Straits of Malacca.

Tashni Sukumaran Contributed to the report.

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