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Pilot Rescued in N. Kalimantan Chopper Crash


NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Jakarta. The pilot of an Army helicopter which went missing in North Kalimantan on Thursday (24/11) was rescued Sunday in Malinau district alive but with several injuries.

The Bell-412 EP chopper with registry number HA-5166 lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) after departing from Juwata Airport in Tarakan on Thurday. The aircraft was headed to a border security post in Long Bawan village, Krayan, Nunukan district.

A joint force has been searching the area since Friday and made significant progress after locating the pilot alive in Long Sulit village, Krayan subdistrict.

Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammad Sabrar Fadillah identified the pilot as 1st. Lt. Abdi Darmain during a press conference on Sunday evening, as reported by Kompas.com.

The victim was rushed to the Navy's Ilyas Hospital in Tarakan for further medical treatment.

Mohammad said the Search and Rescue Agency and Air Force's Special Force (Paskhas) spotted the chopper in the dense jungle of Long Sulit and Long Berang villages, but it will take some time to reach the site by land.

A joint force including personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), police, local disaster mitigation agency, public order agency, health agency and volunteers are continuing the search for other victims.