A word of comfort from PM as families of Elmina plane crash tragedies wait at Klang hospital

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim talking to family members of the victims who perished in Thursday’s plane crash. He visited them at the Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Klang where they were waiting, before he left for his prayers at the Masjid Jamek Ar-Rahimiah Klang, on Friday, Aug 18, 2023. Photo courtesy of Sadiq Asyraf/Prime Minister’ Department.

KLANG, Aug 18: The families of the victims of Thursday’s plane crash in the Elmina, Shah Alam near here, were met by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Tengku Ampuan Hospital here today, while they waited at the hospital’s forensic department in anticipation of any development.

Anwar offered words of comfort to them and assured them that all efforts were being taken to speed up the forensic process for the identification of the victims.

He also urged them to stay strong amid the strong test upon them and told them that the government will do its best to assist with funeral arrangements for the victims.

The plane crash left 10 people dead including 8 people onboard and two motorists on ground.

Due to the impact of the crash, and the condition of the victims’ remains, DNA testings will take a while with results likely only on Monday, at the earliest, Inspector General of Police Razarudin Husain meanwhile told reporters at the Klang hospital today. A total of 200 human remains were recovered from the crash site and the process identification and matching the DNA will take time, he said.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook has also called for speedy investigations to be carried out into the cause of the plane crash, which has been captured in many devices including the dashboard of a car that quickly sped past the ball of fire that followed the crash.

The Cockpit Voice Recorder in the Beechcraft Model 390 was recovered Thursday night and is currently being analysed.