Fennec’s deviation from course the primary cause of Lumut helicopter crash

The aftermath of the helicopter crash at the Lumut naval base last month which claimed the lives of 10 people. (JBPM pic)

PETALING JAYA: The final report by an investigation board established by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has found that the Fennec (M502-6) helicopter’s deviation from its course was the primary cause of the collision between two helicopters on April 23.

In a statement by the RMN, the investigation board concluded that the Fennec helicopter got in the path of the HOM (M503-3) helicopter.

“The secondary factor was the crew of HOM (M503-3) helicopter was too focused on changing direction and could not react quickly enough to avoid the collision,” it said.

“This final report is consistent with the preliminary report issued earlier. This report will also be sent to the State Airworthiness Authority for record-keeping.”

Comprising nine officers from the navy who are experts in aviation and aerospace engineering, the board is also assisted by the Air Force’s directorate general technical airworthiness and medical doctors.

The crash, which occurred on April 23 during a rehearsal for the navy’s 90th anniversary event, claimed the lives of all 10 crew members on board the helicopters.



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