Two Malaysian Navy helicopters collide in midair, killing 10 people

File photo of a Malaysian Navy helicopter preparing for takeoff. Representative image. | Photo credit: AFP

Two helicopters collided in mid-air during a Malaysian Navy parade rehearsal on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, killing 10 people, the navy announced in a statement.

The Navy said all 10 people were crew members of the plane involved in the accident, which occurred at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday (1:32 p.m. Japan time) at Lumut Naval Base in the western state of Perak.

“All victims were pronounced dead at the scene and sent to Lumut Army Base Hospital for identification,” the navy said in a statement.

The AW139 maritime operations helicopter had a crew of seven people on board, the Navy said. The aircraft is manufactured by AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Italian defense contractor Leonardo. The other three crew members were aboard a Fennec light helicopter manufactured by the European multinational defense conglomerate Airbus.

Local media reported that the AW139 crashed into a sports facility at a naval base and the Fennec crashed into a nearby swimming pool.

The Navy announced that it would launch an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

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