Malaysian AW139 helicopter crashed into the stadium after a collision at Lumut base today. Photo: NST
Malaysian AW139 helicopter crashed into the stadium after a collision at Lumut base today. Photo: NST

Two military helicopters collided today during a training parade to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysian Navy, killing 10 people.

“The incident occurred during a training flight; all 10 people on board the two helicopters were confirmed dead,” Suhaimy Mohamad Suhail, commander of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Force, said this morning.

Two Malaysian navy helicopters crashed at 9:32 a.m. while participating in a rehearsal for the military parade celebrating the founding anniversary of this force at Lumut base in Perak. The victims’ bodies were taken to the hospital at the base for identification.

Video of the scene shows a formation of at least 7 helicopters flying at high speed over the platform where the parade will take place. The helicopters then turned in many directions, but the two did not seem to coordinate well and collided in the air. One plane crashed into the stadium, the other crashed in the base’s swimming pool area.

The Malaysian Navy said the two aircraft that crashed included the AgustaWestland AW139 medium helicopter and the Eurocopter Fennec light helicopter, adding that the force had set up a committee to investigate the cause of the accident.

Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the victims were all under 40 years old and authorities were trying to identify them.