Malaysia: Ten people dead after two Navy helicopters crash mid-air

The two helicopters were HOM M503-3 with seven passengers on board and a Fennec M502-6 carrying the remaining three victims.
Malaysia: Ten people dead after two Navy helicopters crash mid-air

Ten people were killed after two naval helicopters crashed in mid-air during a military practice for a Royal Malaysian naval display.

One of the choppers clipped the other's rotor before colliding to the ground, according to footage provided by local media.

The incident occurred at 09:30 local time in the Malaysian town of Lumut, which hosts a navy facility. There are no identified survivors.

The Royal Malaysian Navy stated: "All victims were confirmed dead on site, and the remains were sent to the [Lumut] Military Hospital for identification." It also stated that it would organise a committee to investigate the cause of the occurrence.

One of the helicopters, a HOM M503-3 with seven passengers on board, is thought to have fallen into a jogging track. The other, a Fennec M502-6 carrying the remaining three victims, collided with a swimming pool nearby.

The state's fire and rescue agency said it was notified of the situation around 09:50 local time.

In March, a Malaysian coast guard helicopter crashed into the water off Malaysia's Angsa Island during a training mission. The pilot, co-pilot, and two passengers on board were discovered and rescued by fishermen.

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