Malaysia helicopter crash: Identities of two victims yet to confirm

Malaysia helicopter crash: Identities of two victims yet to confirm
Captain Clifford Fournier, the helicopter pilot.

SEMENYIH - Only two victims of Saturday's helicopter crash in Semenyih have yet to be confirmed.

They are of pilot Capt Clifford Fournier and Aidiana Baizieva, an assistant at Fournier's aviation company.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said Fournier's family would be arriving at Hospital Kuala Lumpur on Monday to assist in the identification.

Police ended search operations at the crash site at 7pm Sunday, having recovered samples such as a mutilated leg, teeth, bone fragments and pieces of flesh.

Abdul Samah said 25 personal items of the victims, including a handbag, a songkok, shoes and clothes, were among the items retrieved from the site.

He said police would also discuss with the Civil Aviation Department (DCA) and the Transport Ministry's Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) on extracting the wreckage from the site.

"Police did not set a time frame on when this will be done.

"It depends on DCA and AAIB, they are leading the investigation from the technical aspect.

"And when we do clear the wreckage I am sure we will find more body parts under there, so we will do another sweep," he said.

The search operations, which began on Saturday evening after the helicopter reportedly exploded mid-air and crashed, involved 122 members from the police, Civil Defence Department, K-9 unit, DCA, AAIB and the General Operations Force.

The helicopter, carrying Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis, the Prime Minister's principal private secretary, Datuk Azlin Alias, businessman Datuk Robert Tan, pilot Capt Clifford Fournier; company assistant Aidiana Baizieva and bodyguard Mohd Razkan Seran, 32, crashed in Semenyih, just minutes away from Subang.

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