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Pilot of helicopter in crash dies latest!

SIBU: Captain Sahimi Ghazali, who was seriously injured when the helicopter he was piloting crashed shortly after take-off from Dataran Sibu, died at the Sibu Hospital at 8.30pm tonight.

Sibu OCPD, ACP Shafie Ismail said Sahimi’s family would travel to Sibu from Kuala Lumpur tonight to make funeral arrangements.

The Bell 206 helicopter belonging to Sabah Air crashed at 1.50pm after three passengers, including an aide to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, disembarked from the aircraft.

Sahimi, 38, sustained rib injuries and was sent to the hospital by Civil Defence Department personnel.

Shafie said the helicopter, which had just arrived from Bintangor, Sarikei, was one of three ferrying Muhyiddin’s delegation which was on a visit here.

He said that as soon as all the passengers had disembarked, the helicopter took off for Sibu airport.

“Suddenly, the helicopter, which was at a height of about three metres, was believed to have gone out of control before crashing,” he told reporters here today.

Shafie said the pilot, who was the only person in the helicopter, was pinned in the aircraft before members of the public extricated him. – Bernama

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