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KUCHING -- A helicopter, Eurocopter EC 120, believed to be owned by a corporate figure, which was flying enroute to Nanga Merit from Kuching International Airport (KIA), was reported to have crashed near the Lingga estuary, Sri Aman, here, today.
Sarawak Police Commisioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, who confirmed the incident to Bernama, said according to the Civil Aviation Department the aircraft, which was piloted by a foreigner, had taken off with three passengers at 8.57am.
He said a group of fishermen came to the rescue of the pilot, who had swum for four hours near the river estuary, and brought him to Kampung Tebelu, Sebuyau.
Marine Police and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency have launched a search and rescue mission for the missing three passengers, he said. -- BERNAMA