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SIX KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN MALAYSIA


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A Malaysian former ambassador to the United States and a high-ranking member of the prime minister's staff is among the six people killed in an helicopter crash on Saturday in Malaysia, the Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported.

According to the Malaysian state news agenc, the helicopter crashed near Kampung Pasir Baru in Semenyih, at 4:55 p.m. Saturday (4:55 a.m. ET).

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered an investigation.

Bernama said among the victims were Azlin Alias, who worked on the prime minister's staff, and Jamaluddin Jarjis, former Malaysian ambassador to the United States and chairman of PR1MA Malaysia.

"We have lost two figures who had made great contributions to the government, party and country in this tragedy," Najib told reporters after visiting the crash site.

Jamaluddin Jarjis was "a person of high caliber, who had sacrificed much for the government, party and country," he said. "He had many acquaintances here and abroad."

The Malaysian state news agency called Azlin the prime minister's private secretary general, but Najib referred to him as chief of staff.

"Personally he had agreed to leave his career in the corporate sector to serve the government as his national service," Najib said.

The helicopter's flight recorder has been found in good condition, Bernama reported Sunday, citing police.

The news agency said Malaysian civil aviation authorities are expected to release a preliminary report on the crash within seven days. (Source: CNN)

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