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No Sabotage In Semenyih Helicopter Crash

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SEMENYIH: Police have ruled out foul play in the crash of the Dauphin helicopter at Jalan Sungai Lalang in Kampung Sungai Pening here on Saturday.

Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat revealed that preliminary investigations have showed there was no foul play involved, though some have claimed witnessing a mid-air explosion before the crash

“Stop exaggerating and do not speculate or hurl accusations about the incident and let the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) complete their analysis,” he added.

Regarding one of the crash victims Aidana Baizieva, 25, Abdul Samah said police are attempting to get DNA samples from her closest family members before confirming her identity.

“Her mother has passed away and her 75-year-old father is still in Kyrgyzstan. We have to get his DNA samples to determine the remains which is still in Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL),” he said.

Abdul Samah also said that the search operation to retrieve the components of the crashed AS365 N2 Dauphin helicopter has been called off.

“We have agreed to end the search operation as we are satisfied that it is sufficient,” he told a press conference today.

On Wednesday, the fifth and last day of the search operations, police found another five main components of the helicopter – cabin skin, door tamper, door panel trim, tail rotor driveshaft and end blade.

Other items found today was a piece of human bone and personal belongings of the victims.

Abdul Samah said that to date 29 people have been called to have their statements recorded, including a pilot who saw the ill-fated helicopter before it plunged, personnel from Cempaka Aviation and the Meteorology department as well as villagers in the surrounding area.

He also urged the public to stop spreading pictures of the victims on social media and to show sensitivity and respect to their family members. – The Sun

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