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Helicopter Pilot Who Crashed In Perak Dies During Rescue Mission

After a day of search and rescue, the Hong Kong citizen was found alive but passed away while receiving treatment.

Cover image via New Straits TImes & Free Malaysia Today

A 58-year-old pilot has died after his helicopter crashed in Bidor, Perak, on Sunday, 11 September

The pilot has been identified as a Hong Kong citizen, Captain Richard Chan, reported New Straits Times.

According to Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri, the pilot's body was transferred by another helicopter from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Anderson to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) in Ipoh for a post-mortem.

The pilot lost consciousness during the rescue mission.

Prior to which, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had said he was informed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) that the pilot was found alive.

A search and rescue mission had been launched immediately after the crash yesterday, 11 September

Wee stated on Facebook yesterday, that he was informed by CAAM about the crash of a helicopter that happened earlier that day.

CAAM initiated a search and rescue (SAR) operation with the support of the Bidor police to determine the location of the helicopter as soon as the incident was reported.

The Eurocopter helicopter EC120B was travelling from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor, to an airport in Ipoh

The helicopter was operated by a privately owned local company. It was only carrying the pilot, who was in the process of selling the helicopter, reported Free Malaysia Today.

The helicopter took off at 11.37am and was scheduled to land at 12.37pm, but lost contact at 12.16PM. According to CAAM chief executive Captain Chester Voo, the helicopter was last seen losing altitude on the radar.

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