Two Dead after Pair of Guimbal G2s Collide in Malaysia

 - November 10, 2020, 12:23 PM

Two people are dead after a pair of Guimbal Cabri G2 light helicopters collided midair on November 8 in Malaysia. The fatalities were aboard one helicopter, registration number 9M-HCB, while the other, 9M-HCA, made an emergency landing, with its occupants receiving only minor injuries.

Both helicopters were registered to My Heli Club and left Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport en route to Genting Sempah at approximately 11:11 a.m. local time. The collision occurred approximately 22 minutes later at an altitude of 1,300 feet agl over Taman Melawati in the state of Selangor.

Videos posted to social media by witnesses shows 9M-HCB in a rapid and straight vertical descent before impact. Accident photos show 9M-HCA landed in a nearby field with significant undercarriage damage.

Those killed were identified as My Heli’s chief instructor Mohamed Sabri Baharom, 56, a former Royal Malaysian Navy pilot, and local businessman Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi, 41. The survivors included Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, 66, who founded the club in 2018 and is the former CEO of Malaysia Airlines, and Tan Chai Eian, 51.