Elmina air crash report: No bird strike, damage to aircraft prior to disaster

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigators have ruled out damage to the doomed Beechcraft Model 390 (Premier 1) as a potential cause of the air crash which took place in Bandar Elmina, Shah Alam on Aug 17.

The Elmina Aircrash Preliminary Report released by the Transport Ministry today said there was "no evidence" of blade loss, nor did it suffer from damage or foreign object ingestion before the crash.

"Both of the engines had no evidences of blade liberation such as case dents or perforations at the compressor sections.

"The fan shroud also did not exhibit any evidence of blade liberation such as case dents or perforations.

"There was no evidence of foreign object ingestion, bird feathers or matter to any of the engine components," the report read.

The private jet, traveling from Langkawi, crashed minutes before it was due to land at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

All eight people onboard were killed in the crash.

Also killed were two motorists who had been using the Guthrie Corridor Expressway, where the crash occurred.

The first contact made by the aircraft with Subang Air Traffic Control Tower was at 2.47pm and landing clearance was given at 2.48pm.

At 2.51pm, the Subang Air Traffic Control Tower observed smoke plummeting from the crash site but no mayday call was made by the aircraft.

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