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Two helicopters collide mid-air in Lumut, 10 killed

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian Armed Forces helicopters crashed today following a mid-air collision in Lumut, Perak.

The helicopters, an Agusta Westland AW139 Maritime Operations Helicopter (HOM) and a Eurocopter Fennec, collided during a mid-air manoeuvre during a flypast training for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) 90th Anniversary celebrations.

Crew from 503 Squadron flying the HOM AW 139 to Lumut Naval Base headed by CO 503 Squadron KDR Muhammad Firdaus bin Ramli TLDM.

Following the collision, the AW139 HOM helicopter crashed at the steps of the Navy Stadium while the Fennec crashed near the pool of the Navy Sports Complex.

The helicopters had earlier taken off from Padang Sitiawan at 9.03am.

The Fire and Rescue Services Department, ambulance services and Navy Provost were dispatched to the crash site.

It is understood that there were 10 crew members involved in the incident- seven onboard the AW139 HOM and three on the Fennec.

Initial reports suggest that there were no survivors.

The 10 crew members are:

We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones.

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