A helicopter crashed at the town square here Monday afternoon, just opposite a hotel where Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is due to attend a function.

UPDATES: Pilot Sahimi Ghazali, who was involved in the helicopter crash in Sibu Monday afternoon, died at 8.30pm, according to a Sibu Hospital consultant surgeon involved in administering the surgery. Sibu OCPD Shafie Ismail confirmed the death.

City police chief Shafie Ismail said the pilot was injured and has been admitted to hospital.

There was no one else in the helicopter, he added.

It is learnt that Muhyiddin had arrived in another helicopter at the same place, just a few minutes before the crash.

The helicopter, belonging to Sabah Airways and among three carrying Muhyiddin's entourage, crashed at 1.50pm while taking off to return to Sibu airport.


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