Witness assumed helicopters conducting aerial survey
KUALA LUMPUR,. “I thought two helicopters were conducting an air survey by flying close together before one of the aircraft rammed the other’s rear end,’’ narrated a witness who saw the mishap in Taman Melawati yesterday morning.
The witness, Puteri Nur Ilani Ismail, 25, said at that time, she was looking for herbal leaves for cooking some 500 metres from where on of the helicopters crashed.
“I was at the Bukit Mas Roundabout here at about 11.30am and heard the beat of the rotors of helicopters in flight.
“Suddenly, I saw a red helicopter ramming the tail end of a blue helicopter which broke off,’’ she told Bernama when
She saw the blue helicopter staggered as if incapable of flight before it plunged towards the ground and crashed.
“The red helicopter slowly descended and landed nearby,’’ said Putri Nur Ilani who lives in the nearby area.
Another witness, Muhammad Taufik Rosli, 24, from Jalan M4, Taman Melawati said he heard a loud crash at about 11.40am.
Commenting further, he said he initially thought it was a car accident and was shocked when he left the house and found that it was actually a helicopter that had crashed.
According to Muhammad Taufik Rosli, the area (Taman Melawati) was often the focus of helicopters conducting aerial surveys for search and rescue of climbers who fell at Bukit Tabur prior to this.
Two men were confirmed dead in the incident, while two others survived.