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Chopper crash may be due to strong winds

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 12, 2013   /  07:15 am

A preliminary investigation into the fatal crash on Saturday of an Army MI-17 helicopter in Malinau, North Kalimantan, indicates that the helicopter was swept up by strong winds before plunging to the ground.

'€œThe helicopter was only around 10 meters from the helipad, but before it managed to land, it was suddenly engulfed in strong winds, causing the pilot to lose control,'€ Army chief of staff Gen. Budiman said as quoted by Antara in Magelang, Central Java, on Monday.

However, no final conclusion had been reached as the Indonesian Military (TNI) was still investigating the case, he added.

Budiman confirmed that as of Monday, the bodies of the 13 Army personnel killed in the crash had been recovered. One passenger, who was critically injured, was taken to the Gatot Subroto Army Central Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta, while another five survivors are currently being treated at the Tarakan Hospital in North Kalimantan.

Separately, Kodam VI/Mulawarman chief spokesman Col. Legowo WR Jatmiko said that members of the East Kalimantan Police victims identification team were currently examining the bodies of those who had died at the Tarakan Hospital to identify them.

Legowo said the 13 deceased had sustained serious burns and it would take some time to complete the identification process