KUALA LUMPUR: The investigation into the Nuri crash, without saying out loud, basically stated that the crash was due to the pilots mistakes.
Although, they were kind enough not to say it out loud that it was CFT, from what was reported it is clear that the board believes that the helicopter crash due to that reason and not to technical reasons.
However, without the benefit of cockpit and aircraft data recorders, it remained to be seen whether or not the families of the crew and RMAF pilots would contest the investigation. Nonetheless, Malaysian Defence believes the board had done its best even with its limitations.
Below is the Bernama story. Malaysian Defence hopes the report would be made available for the public just like the Auditor General report and not kept in a dark corner somewhere, so we all could learn from the incident and how the board investigate the crash.
Ill-Fated Nuri Copter Hit Canopy Of Trees Before Crash
September 27, 2007 20:52 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Bernama) — The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Nuri helicopter which crashed in Genting Sempah in July hit the canopy of trees thrice while flying low over the area before going down, according to the report on the investigation into the incident released today.
Deputy Air Force Chief Lt Jen Datuk Bashir Abu Bakar said the investigation also found that bad weather, which had reduced visibility to less than two kilometres, and the hilly terrain in the area had also contributed to the mishap.
“The primary factor for the helicopter crash was that it hit the canopy of trees before crashing during the attempt to get across the Genting Sempah area,” he said when disclosing the report here.
The July 13 crash took the lives of the pilot, Capt Nor Azlan Termuzi, 29, co-pilot Capt Nor Intan Asykeen Moh Arof, 27, Flight Sergeant Khusnizaim Ariffin, 34, and Mohd Azmi Md Yassin, 35, Senior Airman Saifulizam Alias, 28, and Muhammad Ridzuan Ahmad, 27.
The helicopter was flying from the RMAF airbase in Sungai Besi to Kuantan when the accident happened.
Bashir said there was no evidence pointing to any technical fault in the helicopter, and that the investigation did not show up evidence of the engine and gearbox having caught fire.
“The probe team conducted various tests and analyses on several important components, such as the engine and gearbox. Analyses were also done of oil samples, and hydraulic fluid and lubricants.
“The analyses and engineering reports showed that there was nothing wrong in the samples and there was no evidence of any technical problem with the aircraft,” he said.
He also said that two witnesses had seen the ill-fated helicopter flying low.
“At 9.35am, an officer of the Orang Asli Affairs Department in Gombak saw the helicopter flying low in heavy mist. The other witness, an RMAF officer, saw the Nuri making a left turn at bearing 280 degrees,” he said.
Bashir said the pilot of the helicopter had decided to continue flying despite being aware of the bad weather.
He said the pilot should have checked on the weather and sought a safe altitude and not fly low in the heavy mist.
“The pilot should have turned back in such weather and there should have been awareness. The RMAF has decided to provide situational-awareness training for pilots to enable them make (the right) decisions during flights and emergencies,” he said.
The RMAF investigation panel was led by Lt Col Syed Islam Shahajam with Lt Col (Dr) Zuki Othman, Major Yee Ching Choy and Major Muhd Noorafzanidzam Frienney Salleh as the members.
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