General: Helicopter Pilot's Body Found in Wreckage
Posted on 08.11.2006 - 12:15 EST in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
The body of Captain Mohd Salleh Teguh has been found. The 47-year-old pilot was still strapped to his seat in the Super Puma helicopter that crashed into the sea offshore Malaysia on Sunday. The wreckage was spotted about 3am by a mini-submarine some 100 metres from the crash site near the Tapis B oil platform, about 190km off Dungun.
The ExxonMobile mini-sub, normally used for oil exploration, was involved in the search from the start.
State police chief SAC I Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the body has been sent to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan, Pahang, for a post-mortem.
He declined to comment on the cause of the crash, saying that was a job for the Department of Civil Aviation.
DCA chief inspector of accident investigation Idrus Abdul Rahman refused to comment as well, saying that the investigation had just begun.
Salleh was ferrying 19 workers to the oil rig when the accident occurred. All 19 workers and the co-pilot, 43-year- old Ismail Bakar, survived the crash.
ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc chairman Liam M. Nelson expressed his condolences to Salleh's family.
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