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Elmina plane crash 'not survivable', early report finds

It says this is due to the collision pattern and magnitude of the crash, which were beyond the limit of human tolerance.

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A member of the fire and rescue department inspects the crash site of a plane in Elmina, Shah Alam, Aug 17.
A member of the fire and rescue department inspects the crash site of a plane in Elmina, Shah Alam, Aug 17.

The preliminary report on the fatal plane crash at Bandar Elmina in Shah Alam, Selangor, revealed that the accident was not survivable due to the magnitude of the deceleration force and the post-crash fire.

According to the aircraft accident preliminary report by the transport ministry's Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), based on the visual and field analysis, the aircraft's right wing tip first impacted the solid ground and was immediately followed by the nose at high energy.

The 60-page report said that the short-duration acceleration (0.1-0.5 seconds) typically observed in high-energy collisions led to fatal injuries to the aircraft occupants.

"This level of impact forces, collision pattern, and magnitude were beyond the limit of human tolerance, indicating that this was not a survivable accident," said the report published on the transport ministry's official website today.

On Aug 17, a private aircraft, a Beechcraft Model 390 (Premier 1) bearing the registration number N28JV, crashed in Elmina, Shah Alam, killing eight onboard (six passengers and two flight crew members), one e-hailing driver, and a p-hailing motorcyclist.

On the post-crash fire, the report said the high-energy collision of the aircraft on the ground and flammable fuel in the tank ignited a catastrophic fire.

It was further said that the fire engulfed the entire fuselage, aircraft occupants, as well as the collateral motorist and motorcyclist on the ground.

"Several remains were severely charred (pending confirmation of the number from the post-mortem report).

"There were no survivors in this catastrophic accident," it said.

Meanwhile, the transport ministry, in a statement, said the final report of the investigation will be completed no later than August next year in accordance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO Annex 13), which allows for a 12-month period to finalise the document following the accident.

The ministry also expressed its appreciation for the diligent efforts of the AAIB and is committed to enhancing aviation safety based on the bureau's findings.

"The transport ministry also conveys its deepest gratitude to the National Transportation Safety Board of the US and the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau of Singapore for providing invaluable assistance in the AAIB investigation through their respective accredited representatives and technical advisors, both in the country and abroad," it said.