Thailand's Heliluck Airbus Helicopters AS355 crash kills four

Thailand's Heliluck Airbus Helicopters AS355 crash kills four

The helicopter (HS-PNG) was operating a flight from Saraburi to Khon Kaen. It crashed in Chonnabot district

A Heliluck Aviation Company Airbus Helicopters AS355NP (HS-PNG) was totally destroyed by impact and post impact fire when it crashed in a dry rice paddy near Wang Saeng, some 75km southwest of Khon Kaen, Thailand on July 18, 2018 killing the pilot and three passengers on board. The accident happened in daylight (0900L) but in poor weather with reports of reduced visibility in rain and low cloud.

The helicopter was operating a flight from Saraburi to Khon Kaen.

Khon Kaen governor Somsak Jangtrakul said later on Wednesday afternoon an investigation was  underway to find out whether the fourth person was alive or dead. He confirmed that three bodies had been found at the crash site, even though the list showed there should be four people.

The three bodies would be sent to Chonnabot Hospital for fingerprinting and identification before being sent to the Srinagarind Hospital forensic institute for autopsy, the governor said. The helicopter picked up some TV Channel 7 crew members from a location in Saraburi and stopped at Saraburi airport for refuelling. It then took off again, heading for Khon Kaen to pick up more TV Channel 7 staff, but crashed in Chonnabot district.

PHOTO: Alec Wilson

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