Copter Tragedy: Each of 10 victims to be accorded funeral with full military honours

Defence Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin inspecting the tragic crash site. Photo courtesy of Khaled Nordin FB.

LUMUT, April 24 (Bernama) — The post-mortem on the 10 people who died in the crash of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) helicopters at its base here yesterday was completed at 2.20 pm today.

The Strategic Communications Branch of the Naval Headquarters said in a statement that the bodies of eight Muslim victims would be taken to the 23rd Batallion of the Royal Malay Regiment Camp, Ipoh for funeral prayers.

The body of Lt. T. Sivasutan will be brought to the family home in Sitiawan, while the body of Able Seaman I Joanna Felicia Rohna will be flown back to Serian, Sarawak using a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) C-130 aircraft.

Each of the victim would be accorded a funeral with full military honours, the statement said.

“The RMN will continue to provide support and assistance in terms of the funeral arrangements and to the next of kin as best as possible,” according to the statement.

In the 9.32 am incident, the two navy helicopters crashed while conducting a third rehearsal for a fly-past as part of the RMN’s 90th anniversary event, scheduled to be held this Saturday.