Chop­per pi­lot found days af­ter crash

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE pi­lot of an In­done­sian army he­li­copter has been res­cued alive days af­ter the air­craft crashed on Bor­neo is­land, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day, but four other crew mem­bers are still miss­ing.

The in­jured air­man was dis­cov­ered along with the wreck­age of the Bell 412 he­li­copter on Novem­ber 27, three days af­ter it went down as it was trans­port­ing sup­plies to a re­mote army post near the Malaysian bor­der.

“The pi­lot had to be lifted with a rope be­cause the crash lo­ca­tion was dif­fi­cult to reach,” an army of­fi­cial said, adding he had been taken to hospi­tal for treat­ment.

But four other crew mem­bers on board at the time of the ac­ci­dent had not been found with the wreck­age in moun­tain­ous ter­rain in North Kal­i­man­tan prov­ince, Mr Fad­hi­lah said, adding res­cuers were still search­ing for them.

It is just the lat­est crash for In­done­sia’s ac­ci­dent-prone mil­i­tary.

Twelve peo­ple were killed in March when a mil­i­tary he­li­copter went down in bad weather on Su­lawesi in cen­tral In­done­sia.

It is also not the first time that an In­done­sian has been found alive days af­ter an air ac­ci­dent. In Oc­to­ber last year, a man was found alive float­ing in a huge volcanic lake on Su­ma­tra is­land two days af­ter the he­li­copter in which he was trav­el­ling crashed.

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