10 killed in mid-air collision of naval helicopters in Malaysia

video title, Social media video shows the crash of Navy helicopters

Two Malaysian Navy helicopters collided mid-air during a military parade, killing all 10 personnel on board.

One of the planes clipped the other's rotor before both planes crashed into the ground, footage released to local media showed.

The incident took place at 09:30 am local time (02:30 BST) in the Malaysian city of Lumut, which is home to a Royal Malaysian Naval base.

There are no known survivors.

image source, Perak Fire and Rescue Department

image caption, Rescue workers are clearing debris from the helicopter

“All the victims were confirmed dead on site and the remains were dispatched [Lumut] Military Hospital to identify,” the Royal Malaysian Navy said.

He also said that a committee will be formed to investigate the cause of the incident.

One of the helicopters, a HOM M503-3 with seven people on board, is believed to have crashed on the runway.

Another, a Fennec M502-6 carrying three other victims, crashed into a nearby swimming pool.

The state Fire and Rescue Department said it was alerted to the incident at 09:50 local time (01:50 GMT).

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said, “The nation mourns the heart-wrenching and soul-wrenching tragedy.”

He expressed his deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and prayed for strength to face this calamity.

In March, a Malaysian Coast Guard helicopter crashed into the sea off Malaysia's Angsa Island during a training mission.

Fishermen found and rescued the pilot, co-pilot and two passengers on board.

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