Hisham directs RMAF to probe copter emergency landing

Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM)

KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has directed the Royal Malaysian Air Force to carry out an investigation into the emergency landing of its Nuri helicopter in Tawau today.

“I have directed RMAF Chief General Roslan Saad to personally monitor the investigation to identify the cause,” he said in his official Facebook page.

The helicopter landed on the roof of the Living Skills centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Balung, Tawau, Sabah.

Hishammuddin said his deputy, Mohd Johari Baharum, and Roslan, together with Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan would visit the area and meet with administrative staff and students of the school.

He also expressed relief that the crew and passengers were safe following the 9.45am incident.

Fourteen personnel were injured and rushed to Tawau Hospital.

The education ministry said the school will be closed today and tomorrow to facilitate investigation and cleaning-up work.

The ministry had identified three damaged buildings, namely the school canteen, a hall under construction and the roof of a three-storey school building, it said.

The school had been directed to make an official report on the incident to ensure that all students, teachers and employees of the school were safe and received the appropriate assistance.

The ministry also confirmed that eight students and a school cleaner were slightly injured while two students were traumatised.

“The school has taken immediate action to send all the injured students to the Tawau Hospital for outpatient treatment.

“Six of the eight students were allowed to return home after getting treatment. The ministry will also be giving counselling to the two students who were traumatised,” the statement said.