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Nine Injured, One Missing In Malaysian Helicopter Crash

Nine people were injured and one remains missing after a helicopter carrying staff of Malaysian national oil company Petronas crashed in deep seas off the eastern state of Sarawak on Borneo, reports said Wednesday.

The Super Puma L2 helicopter, carrying 10 people including two pilots, was reported to have crashed Tuesday en route to an oil platform, the official Bernama news agency said.

Nine occupants on board the chopper survived the crash, but one passenger remains missing, the report said.

“When the helicopter crashed into the sea, seven of the workers and the pilots scrambled out before the it sank,” a source was quoted as saying by the Star daily.

Petronas released a statement several hours after the incident, confirming the accident.

The company declined to give details of the victims.

State marine police, a police air-wing unit and volunteers have launched a search for the missing passenger, Bernama said.

The crash is the third involving a Super Puma helicopter in the last two years.

© 2007 DPA

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