A SINGAPORE-BASED training light aircraft is believed to have crashed in the vicinity of Sekolah Kebangsaan Tok Muda near Kapar in Klang.
The incident is reported to have occurred around 1.35pm.
The Kapar Fire and Rescue Services Department said they received a call from residents in the area about 1.56pm informing them that a small aircraft was on fire in the vicinity.
“When we reached the area, firemen immediately rushed to control the fire and look for any survivors,” the department said, adding that one fire engine and one rescue vehicle were deployed to the scene.
Videos have gone viral in the social media showing the alleged incident and scattered debris, including parts with the aircraft’s registration number.
Photographs from the department to the media indicated that the aircraft had markings of Singapore-based flight trainer company Aviation Safety Technology Pte Ltd., while identification on the aircraft indicates that it is a Gabriél BK160 TR training aircraft by Italian manufacturer Blackshape.
The aircraft is operated by Air Adventure Flying Club and left Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang at 1.28pm for a recreational flight.
Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) CEO Datuk Captain Norazman Mahmud said the last contact the aircraft had with air traffic control was 1.35pm.
The Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (KLATCC) was immediately activated to determine the location of the aircraft.
“The safety investigation will be conducted by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau under the Transport Ministry,” Norazman said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 13).
He said last contact made by the aircraft with air traffic control was at 1.35pm, however, there was no distress call received.
Two people, including the pilot, were onboard and their conditions are yet to be determined.
Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan also confirmed the crash. He told Bernama he could only confirm the incident but there are no details yet. – Feb 13, 2024
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