Nuri crashes on school

> 8 stu­dents, cleaner and 14 RMAF per­son­nel in­jured

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TAWAU: Eight stu­dents, one cleaner and 14 Royal Malaysian Air Force per­son­nel were in­jured af­ter a Nuri he­li­copter crashed into the roof of a school in Balung, in Tawau, Sabah, about 40km from the city cen­tre yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said two other stu­dents were trau­ma­tised by the in­ci­dent and will be given coun­selling.

“Six stu­dents were al­lowed to go home af­ter re­ceiv­ing out­pa­tient treat­ment,” the min­istry said in a statement, adding that the school will be closed for two days to al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tors to carry out their du­ties and to clean up the crash site.

The min­istry said SMK Balung school’s can­teen, a hall un­der con­struc­tion and the roof of a three-storey build­ing were dam­aged in the in­ci­dent.

The min­istry added that the school was a two-ses­sion school with 1,666 stu­dents and 116 teach­ers

Tawau district po­lice chief ACP Fadil Mar­cus said po­lice were still in the process of gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent.

Fadil said the pi­lot, who was pinned in­side the wreck­age, was the last vic­tim to be sent to Tawau hos­pi­tal.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said he was re­lieved that none of the air­crew and stu­dents suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

He said on Twit­ter that he had or­dered air force chief Tan Sri Roslan Saad to keep a close eye on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, adding that Roslan and Deputy De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Jo­hari Ba­harum will be vis­it­ing the in­jured.

A RMAF statement said the he­li­copter had taken off from Tawau air­port, about 10km from the school, at 7.45am with 14 per­son­nel on board for a rou­tine train­ing flight.

“The he­li­copter was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing at 9.35am and all 14 crew mem­bers aboard are safe and re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for their in­juries,” the RMAF said.

It said the air force had sent a res­cue team to the school to as­cer­tain what had oc­curred and to help control the scene of the crash be­fore re­mov­ing pieces of the wreck­age.

The air force added that they were study­ing the scene of the crash be­fore tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion.

It said an in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee had been formed to look into the cause of the crash.

About 40 Nuri he­li­copters were pur­chased in the 1960s and the air force had planned to phase out the use of the aging Nuri fleet by 2012 but due to the lack of funds, this pro­gramme has yet to be car­ried out.

The crash of the Nuri is the 19th in 40 years and a total of 95 peo­ple have died in these crashes.

The dam­aged school build­ing af­ter the copter crash yes­ter­day.

A Nuri he­li­copter sim­i­lar to the one that crashed.

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