Helicopter crash rumours 'baseless': Minister

Helicopter crash rumours 'baseless': Minister

Malaysia's Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has urged people to stop speculating about the cause of Saturday's fatal helicopter crash in Semenyih, Selangor.

The helicopter was carrying former minister and Rompin MP Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis and five others.

Mr Liow said there has been a lot of speculation on social media about the cause of the accident and what happened during the crash, but such baseless rumours would not answer any questions, reported The Star.

"It will not help to solve the case. Let us investigate and we will reveal the findings.

"Please respect the feelings of the victims' families," he told a press conference yesterday.

Mr Liow said an investigating team comprising personnel from his ministry, police, Civil Aviation Department, Fire and Rescue Department, and others were still gathering clues at the scene.

On Saturday, the helicopter carrying Dr Jamaluddin and his bodyguard Mohd Razkan Seran, principal private secretary to the Prime Minister Datuk Azlin Alias, businessman Datuk Robert Tan and a woman crashed in Semenyih, killing all of them as well as pilot Clifford William Fournier Jr.

Mr Liow also clarified that the woman, known only as Aidana Baizieva, was not the co-pilot of the helicopter.

A woman, believed to be Ms Baizieva's sister, was at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital's mortuary to assist with investigations.

Ms Baizieva was a Kyrgyzstani national and had been working in Malaysia for a while.


This article was first published on April 7, 2015.
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