An AS 355 F2 helicopter owned by a private company carrying a pilot and five passengers was reported to have made an emergency landing in Cameron Highlands due to bad weather, this afternoon.
The incident at around 1.15pm is said to have happened while the aircraft was in flight from Lojing, Gua Musang to Ipoh.
A spokesman for the Pahang State Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) informed that three of the people were reported to be safe while the other three were injured.
According to the statement, the victims involved five medical officers, including a doctor.
“A team of rescue personnel from Pahang and Perak has been mobilised to the location to carry out search and rescue operations and identify the location of the helicopter,” said the statement.
Meanwhile, citing FMT media reports, Perak Police Chief, Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said, one of the victims on the aircraft contacted the security forces.
According to him, based on preliminary information, the incident was caused when the helicopter they boarded experienced problems due to bad weather.
“However, it is understood that when trying to land, the helicopter got stuck in a tree in the forest.
“So far the preliminary information we have obtained is that all the victims are safe, only suffering injuries but not seriously,” he said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) also confirmed receiving information regarding an air accident involving an Airbus AS 355 F2 helicopter.
by Rosli Mansor