Training flight crashes near Ipoh, killing one pilot

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 2 – The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) today confirmed an earlier report that an aircraft had crashed during a night training flight at Sungai Pinji, near Medan Gopeng, Ipoh Monday night.

One pilot has died while the other pilot suffered serious injuries and is currently receiving medical assistance at a hospital in Ipoh.

In a press statement issued here, CAAM Chief Executive Officer, Captain Chester Voo said the flight crashed after taking off from the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport on Monday evening.

CAAM Ipoh Air Traffic Control Tower received a mayday call at 8:07 PM. The involved aircraft is a Piper 28-161, registration 9M-BAA and is operated by BATS Aviation Sdn Bhd, the statement said.

The safety investigation will be conducted by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Transport Malaysia in accordance with Part XXVI Civil Aviation Regulations 2016, Voo said.

In a separate statement, BATS Aviation said that the flight had started at 7.50pm and taken off the runway at 8pm. It made a mayday call at 8.07 pm and lost contact after that.

It added that the authorities including CAAM had been informed of the crash and investigation into the crash will be done accordingly.