10 Crew Members Killed in Malaysian Military Helicopter Collision
10 Crew Members Killed in Malaysian Military Helicopter Collision

Two Malaysian military helicopters collided and crashed during a training session on Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of all 10 crew members onboard, the country's rescue agency reported. The crash occurred during a flypast rehearsal over the Lumut naval stadium in preparation for the navy fleet's open day celebrations in May. The crash involved a Eurocopter AS555SN Fennec and an AgustaWestland AW139.

Footage showed one helicopter clipping the rear rotor of another, causing both aircraft to enter a tailspin and crash. The Eurocopter model was heavily damaged in the wreckage on the naval base stadium track. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim expressed condolences to the families of the victims, saying "the nation mourns the heart-wrenching and soul-wrenching tragedy."

He also stated that the Ministry of Defense would conduct an immediate investigation to determine the cause of the crash. Incidents involving helicopters are not uncommon in Malaysia. Last month, a Malaysian coast guard helicopter crashed in the Strait of Malacca, but without any fatalities. In 2016, a deputy minister died when a Eurocopter AS350 crashed in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

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