Wreckage of Malaysian AW139

Two Malaysian Navy helicopters collide in mid-air

AW139 and H125 models crashed during rehearsal for an air show at Lumut base on Tuesday. The 10 crew lost their lives

Two Royal Malaysian Navy helicopters crashed on Tuesday at the Lumut base on the country’s west coast.

The AW139 and H125 aircraft touched each other in the middle of a rehearsal for an air show that included several helicopters. There were no survivors among the 10 occupants.

According to information from the Malaysian Ministry of Defense, there were seven crew members on the AW139 and three on the H125.

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Videos posted on social media show the AW139 touching the main rotor to the tail of the H125. Both lose control and fall into an empty stadium and the base’s swimming pool.


“The nation mourns the heart-wrenching and soul-wrenching tragedy,” said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

The Leonardo AW139 is designated HOM M503-3 while the Airbus H125 has the local name Fennec M502-6.

According to the World Air Forces, the Royal Malaysian Navy has only three AW139s and five H125s.

Royal Malaysian Navy AW139 (RMN)


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