RMAF board to probe Nuri crash

> ‘Thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion to get to bot­tom of the mat­ter’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will as­cer­tain what went wrong in the case of the Nuri he­li­copter that crash landed on the roof of a school in Tawau, Sabah.

It has formed a board of in­quiry and in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be headed by Lt-Kol Mohd Yusri Mohd Khos­sim.

“The board will per­form a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion to get to the bot­tom of the mat­ter,” said an RMAF spokesman.

The spokesman said the board will also in­clude a he­li­copter pi­lot, an en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer and a doc­tor who will an­a­lyse the sit­u­a­tion as well as con­duct a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion on it from all as­pects.

“In the mean­time, the air as­sis­tance head­quar­ters has been tasked with pro­vid­ing all tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance nec­es­sary and also as­sis­tance to ex­ter­nal bod­ies in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said, adding ef­forts to clear the fuse­lage and com­po­nents of the air­craft will be given top pri­or­ity.

Mean­while, De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hussein said it is high time for RMAF to ex­pe­dite the process to im­prove and up­grade Nuri he­li­copters to avoid a re­peat of the in­ci­dent on Tues­day.

“I have re­minded the top lead­er­ship in my min­istry and the armed forces that there should be no com­pro­mise on the is­sue of safety and pre­pared­ness of our mil­i­tary as­sets,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

BERNAMAPIX

RMAF per­son­nel check­ing through the wreck­age of the Nuri he­li­copter for clues.

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