Lumut helicopter crash: Selangor Sultan expresses sadness over tragedy

SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has expressed his sadness over the heartbreaking tragedy involving two Malaysian Navy helicopters which colided mid-air during a training practice in Lumut, Perak.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Sultan Sharafuddin said he was sad over the incident that claimed 10 Navy personnel's lives.

"This morning, I was saddened by the incident involving two helicopters that crashed during the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) 90th Anniversary Parade training at TLDM Lumut Base, Perak. I was informed that all 10 crew members, who were also RMN personnel, perished in the incident.

"As the Royal Malaysian Navy Captain-In-Chief, I want to express profound sadness and condolences following this heart-wrenching tragedy that occurred during the month of Syawal and ahead of the 90th Navy Anniversary. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen Navy personnel and hope they find strength in getting through this trial," he said.

In this morning crash, a M503-3 Maritime Operations Helicopter (HOM) carrying seven crew on board, whilst the other, M502-6, three had collided during a training session ahead of the 90th Navy Anniversary celebration scheduled between May 3 to 5.

It is understood that both helicopters were undergoing formation training when the both crashed.

"I deeply appreciate the service, dedication and sacrifice of the RMN personnel who lost their lives while on duty. I pray that their souls rest in peace. Truly, this is a great loss to RMN and the nation," he shared.

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