Armed Forces chief conveys condolences following tragic helicopter crash

KUALA LUMPUR: Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Mohammad Ab Rahman has conveyed his condolences to the victims and families of those on board the two military helicopters that crashed today.

Mohammad, who was met during the Soft Launch of the Combat Shooting Club and Combat Adventure Fields in Combat Base, however, refused to provide further comment.

"The Defence Minister will release a statement," he said briefly.

He expressed sadness over the incident.

"When this sort of incident happens, we feel sad and it is unfortunate. Takziah to all the victims involved.

"Please wait for the Defence Minister to give the statement," he said, adding that a special investigation board will be formed to investigate the incident.

Two Royal Malaysian Navy helicopters crashed today following a mid-air collision in Lumut, Perak.

All 10 crew onboard the helicopters succumbed to their injuries.

The helicopters, an Agusta Westland AW139 Maritime Operations Helicopter (HOM) and a Eurocopter Fennec, collided during a mid-air manoeuvre during a flypast training for the RMN 90th Anniversary celebrations.

Efforts are being made to extract the bodies.

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