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SAR Team Recovers Body Believed To Be Of Crash Heli Pilot

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KUCHING – A search-and- rescue team today recovered what is believed to be the body of the pilot of a helicopter that went down in Sebuyau last Thursday.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Seri Muhammad Sabtu Osman said the marine police found the body at 10.15am about 5.5km from the Triso ferry terminal.

He said the police would only be able to confirm if the body was that of Filipino pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas after identification and verification by forensic specialists.

Ragas was the pilot of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter that crashed in Sebuyau on Thursday during a flight from Betong to Kuching, killing also five other people.

They were Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Muhammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamali and Noriah’s bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun.

Muhammad Sabtu said the body recovered today was taken to the SAR control centre in Lingga at about 11am and would be sent to the Sarawak General Hospital for the post mortem.

He said the operation at the site would continue to recover more parts of the helicopter.- BERNAMA

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