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2 dead in Malaysia after helicopters 'believed to have collided in mid-air'

2 dead in Malaysia after helicopters 'believed to have collided in mid-air'

Emergency workers at the scene of a helicopter crash in Taman Melawati, Ampang. (Photo: Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR: Two men were killed after two helicopters were "believed to have collided in mid-air" before one crashed in Taman Melawati, Ampang, Selangor, at about noon on Sunday (Nov 8).

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis said the two men were identified as Mohamed Sabri Baharom, 56, who lived in Wangsa Melawati, and Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi, 41, of Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan.

Norazam said the crash involved two helicopters, one blue and one red, and that the dead victims were from the blue chopper.

"Both helicopters were believed to have collided in mid-air. The blue helicopter crashed while another one managed to make an emergency landing," he said.

Two other people were involved in the incident – a man and a woman aged 66 and 51 respectively, he said.

The family of Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi found out about the incident via a message posted in a Whatsapp chat group, Bernama reported.

The victim's brother, Dr Mohd Izani Mohd Rawi, said he contacted the sender of the message after recognising the victim’s hand and his watch from a picture of the incident shared in the message.

Mohd Irfan Fikri was the fourth child of 10 siblings.

"My parents are aware of this incident and my two younger siblings are on their way. So far we do not know whether (the body) will be sent here or not, there is no official information yet," he said at the National Forensic Medicine Institute (IPFN) at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.​​​​​​​

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