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[Updated] Missing Helicopter Pilot Dies During Rescue Mission After Crashing Near Bidor

[Updated] Missing Helicopter Pilot Dies During Rescue Mission After Crashing Near Bidor

The pilot was found at the crash site near Bidor at 8.20am today.

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The pilot involved in yesterday’s helicopter mishap passed away at the crash site in Chikus Forest Reserve.

According to Bernama, the matter was confirmed by Perak Police Chief Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri.

The pilot’s remains were ferried by a helicopter to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh for an autopsy.

New Straits Times reported that the pilot, Captain Richard Chan, 58, a Hong Kong native, lost consciousness in the middle of the SAR mission, before passing away.

The SAR – suspended yesterday evening due to bad weather – was resumed today at 8am to locate the helicopter.

The helicopter was operated by Heli Outpost Sdn Bhd.

Earlier, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ir. Wee Ka Siong announced via Facebook post said that the helicopter and the pilot had been found by the search and rescue team at 8.20am in Bidor.

It was believed that the pilot is still alive when he was initially found.

“We thank the TUDM (Royal Malaysia Air Force), PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) and the Fire and Rescue Service Department for their quick support and assistance in making this rescue with their aircraft and drone teams during the SAR (search and rescue) operation.

“At this time, the rescuers are working on recovery and moving the pilot safely to a hospital in Ipoh to be treated,” Wee wrote on his Facebook.

Yesterday, a private-own Eurocopter aircraft – with just the pilot on board the aircraft – was suspected to crash as its lost contact with the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (KLATCC) mid-flightat 12.16pm.

This was confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) chief executive officer Datuk Captain Chester Voo.

The chopper, making its way from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, at 11.37 am, was supposed to land at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh at 12.37pm.

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