He­li­copter crash in Malaysia with MP aboard: re­ports

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A he­li­copter crashed south of Kuala Lumpur on Satur­day with all six peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing a key po­lit­i­cal ally of Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak, be­lieved to be dead, re­ports said.

The he­li­copter crashed into a rub­ber plan­ta­tion in the town of Se­menyih with Ja­malud­din Jar­jis, a law­maker and a se­nior mem­ber of Na­jib’s po­lit­i­cal party, aboard.

“We are still gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on the crash,” Malaysian Home Min­is­ter Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi told The Star news­pa­per.

Hamidi con­firmed that Jar­jis was aboard the air­craft, ac­cord­ing to the daily.

Also be­lieved to have been on board the he­li­copter was Na­jib’s pri­vate sec­re­tary Azlin Alias.

An eye­wit­ness told Malaysia’s of­fi­cial Ber­nana news agency that the he­li­copter “ex­ploded in midair” dur­ing heavy rain.

“Then, the de­bris, tail and blades were thrown all over the place,” the eye­wit­ness, who was not named, was quoted as say­ing.

Me­dia re­ports said three bod­ies had so far been re­cov­ered from the crash site, and that search teams were scour­ing the area for the re­main­ing pas­sen­gers.

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