Taman Melawati chopper crash: Cops record statements from seven witnesses

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recorded the statements of seven witnesses of Sunday’s helicopter crash that resulted in the death of a pilot and a trainee pilot in Taman Melawati, Ampang, near here.

Ampang Jaya police chief ACP Mohamad Farouk Eshak said yesterday that police have identified another 20 witnesses and expect to interview them soon.

He said a post-mortem led by pathologist Prof Dr.Faridah Mohd Nor was conducted at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital yesterday on the deceased, Commander (R) Mohamed Sabri Baharom, 56, and Mohd Irfan Mohamed Rawi, 41, and was completed at 1pm.

He said the remains of the deceased were then released to their families.

Mohamad Farouk said the full post-mortem report will be ready after laboratory tests are completed.

He urged the public to refrain sharing photos and videos of the crash to avoid speculation and unwanted comments that might affect investigations.

Mohamad Farouk also urged those with information related to the case to come forward to meet investigators or contact Ampang Jaya police.

On Sunday morning, the two-seater Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters belonging to My Heli Club had left the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang for Genting Sempah when they grazed against each other in mid-air over Taman Melawati at about 12pm.

The helicopter piloted by Mohamed Sabri rapidly descended before crashing next to a jungle, killing him and Mohd Irfan.

The other helicopter which was piloted by former Malaysian Airlines chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, 66, managed to land safely at a field of SJK (T) Taman Melawati.

Ahmad Jauhari and a female passenger identified as Tan Chai Eian, 51, survived the crash unscathed.