Two fatalities have been confirmed after MasWings Twin Otter plane that crashed in Kudat airport according to several national media reports.
National daily, The Star reproted, the plane co-pilot Marc Joel Barsih died of multiple head and body injuries shortly after he was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital at Kota Kinabalu at about 8pm Thursday. He was the son of a helicopter pilot with Sabah Air.
“Earlier, passenger Tan Ah Chai, a 69-year-old local, died at the Kudat hospital two hours after the plane crashed at about 2.55pm on Thursday,” The Star report said.
However the plane 58-year-old captain reported to have sustained head injuries and was taken with three other injured passengers by road to the QEH hospital for treatment. Their condition is said to be serious but not life threatening.
The remaining 10 passengers have been admitted at the Kudat hospital
MAS group chief executive officer/MASwings chairman Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said there was only one foreign nationality, a Philippine national onboard the ill-fated plane which ferried 14 passengers and two crew members.
“We deeply regret the incident of flight MH3002 that departed from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat at 2.50pm,” according to MASWings statement posted on it Facebook page.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased and those involved in the accident, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time,” he said at a press conference here tonight.
Ahmad Jauhari said MASwings had set up a 24-hour call centre and families of the passengers involved could call 03-78841234 for further enquiries.
Malaysia Airlines’s MASwings unit, started in October 2007, operates as commuter airline services in the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysian Airlines in December ordered 36 turboprop planes for both its subsidiaries MASwings and Firefly.