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Pilot Negligence Behind Semenyih Copter Crash

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PETALING JAYA: The final report of the Semenyih helicopter crash in April last year has pointed to pilot negligence.

The 117-page report which was uploaded on the Transport Ministry’s website stated that the pilot of the Eurocopter Dauphin, Captain Clifford William Fournier (pic), failed to conduct an inspection on the helicopter following a rough landing.

Other findings include evidence of excessive fluid leak in the sink hole made by the left landing gear and on the grass about 10m from the landing point.

“The fluid could have originated from the LH landing gear oleo strut and hydraulic brake system.

“However, no hydraulic warning was triggered during the check performed by the pilot before taking off.

“The pilot was seen by a witness to have exited the helicopter and accompanied the disembarked passenger clear of the main rotor area.

“However, he did not carry out any inspection of the helicopter,” the report said.

The crash killed Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis, the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Datuk Seri Azlin Alias, Fournier, operations assistant Aidana Baizieva, bodyguard Razakan Seran and businessman Datuk Tan Huat Seang.

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