Sikorsky Crash off Bintulu Coast

Friday, December 13, 2013
By George Hatcher

On December 12, 2013 at 7L45 a.m., a MHS Aviation Sikorsky S-76C #9M-STE had eight aboard when the flight encountered bad weather. They were flying to identify oil and gas exploration sites when weather forced them to ditch in the sea 159 kilometers off the coast of Bintulu.

The helicopter was leased from MHS Aviation by Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas.

The two pilots and six oil workers aboard were rescued by a passing ship. Apparently there were no fatalities, and no specific reports of injury. They were hospitalized in Miri.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is investigating.

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has not released whether or not the helicopter was recovered from the ocean.

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