TANAH MERAH (Bernama) – Villagers of Kampung Rambai were shocked when a Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Ecureuill AS 355F2 helicopter crashed at about 6.30pm, after hovering in the skies over the village.
Several witnesses told Bernama that the helicopter was flying low and circling over two rounds, before an explosion was heard and it crashed into the ground.
A member of the humanitarian mission from Kuala Lumpur, Mohd Zulhasnan Abdullah, who was distributing relief supplies in the village, said he and his team initially thought the helicopter was hovering low to unload the relief supplies.
“Seeing the helicopter flying low, the villagers were thrilled and had gathered to watch it.
“Suddenly the helicopter lost its balance and crashed right in front of our eyes. We rushed to help and managed to pull out four people – three men and a woman from the helicopter,” he told Bernama when met at the village.
Mohd Zulhasnan said the three men sustained head injuries, while the woman only sustained minor injuries and dizziness.
“We rushed them in two vehicles to Tanah Merah Hospital for treatment,” he said.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the incident and told Bernama that despite suffering injuries, all four onboard the helicopter were safe.
“Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah), the two pilots and two crew are safe,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Meanwhile, a villager, Saifulizam Mohamad, 40, said that although the three men were seriously injured, they were still conscious.
Another witness, Zaisa Mohd Zin, 31, said fortunately, there happened to be some doctors who were in the middle of distributing food to flood victims at a school nearby.
“I saw them giving emergency treatment to the victims, including respiratory aid,” he said.
This is the third crash involving PDRM’s AS355 Ecureuill helicopters in 15 years.