NTSB Identification: WAS02WA022
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 19, 2002 in Beluru, Sarawak, Malaysia
Aircraft: Bell 206 L3, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious,1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On February 18, 2002, about 1730 local time, a Bell 206 L3, 9M-KAS, Bell serial no. 51601, operated by Kenari Air, crashed in forested and swampy terrain near Beluru, Sarawak, Malaysia. The helicopter was operating on an EMS flight and the passenger was fatally injured. There were reported injures to the pilot and the two others on board. The helicopter has been recovered. The aircraft was operating in unspecified flight conditions under the authority of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Malaysia.

Initial reports indicate that the pilot reported an unspecified engine problem. DCA, Malaysia, requested investigative assistance from Rolls-Royce Corporation, and an investigator, serving as an advisor to the U.S. Accredited Representative, departed Indianapolis, February 21, 2002.

For further information, please contact:

Captain Syed Zainai Mohamed
Director of Flight Safety
Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
Level B1, 2, & 3, Block D5, Parcel D

Federal Government Administrative Complex
62502 PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia
Tel 603 888-91-517, Fax: 603 888-91-518
zainal@dca.gov.my

or

Hj. Suhaimi Abdul Ghani
Airworthiness Division
Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
Level B1, 2, & 3, Block D5, Parcel D

Federal Government Administrative Complex
62502 PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia
Tel 603 888-91-505, Fax: 603 888-91-504
suhaimi@dca.gov.my


U.S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy
National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Aviation Safety
Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20
Washington, D.C. 20594
tel. 202 314-6314, fax -6329

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