Petronas Says Helicopter Ditched off Bintulu, All on Board Safe

A Sikorsky S-76 helicopter made a forced landing at sea, 98 miles (159 kilometers) off the coast of Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia at 7.45 am local time Thursday, with the six oil company workers and two pilots on board the aircraft rescued by a passing vessel, local news agency Bernama reported.

“All six personnel, the pilot and the co-pilot of the helicopter were safe,” Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) Sarawak Regional Office said in a press release.

Petronas said the incident occurred when the helicopter was about to “make a controlled landing aboard a vessel carrying out seismic work.”

However, bad weather forced the helicopter, leased by a petroleum company, to make an emergency landing, Bintulu police deputy chief Mohd Said Ibrahim told Bernama.

None of the passengers and crew on board the helicopter suffered serious injuries and they were sent to a hospital in Miri for general treatment.

The helicopter ditched into the sea and the case has been handed over to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for further investigation, Mohd Said said.


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