Updated April 23rd, 2024 at 11:39 IST

10 Dead After 2 Navy Choppers Collide Mid-Air During Rehearsal in Malaysia

As per media reports, 10 crew members were on board the two choppers at the time of the crash.

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As per official reports, seven crew members were aboard the AW139 operation helicopter. | Image:X
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New Delhi:  At least 10 people were killed after two navy helicopters collided in mid-air during rehearsal for a Royal Malaysian Navy celebration event.

The navy released a statement confirming the casualties on the site, adding that the accident occurred while rehearing at a naval base in northern Peral state for the celebration of the 90th anniversary.

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“All victims were confirmed dead on site," the statement read. It added that the remains have been sent to the hospital to be identified.

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As per official reports, seven crew members were aboard the AW139 operation helicopter. AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of the Italian defence contractor Leonardo, produces the aircraft. 

The remaining three members were on a Fennec lightweight helicopter, manufactured by European multinational defense conglomerate Airbus.

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local media reported the AW139 crashed at a sports complex at the naval base, while the Fennec hit a nearby swimming pool.

The cause of the accident is yet to be identified and the navy said it would launch a probe.

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(Inputs from AP)

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Published April 23rd, 2024 at 09:31 IST