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UPI: Oil tech missing after chopper crash

KUCHING, Malaysia, (UPI) — A technician was missing after a helicopter carrying employees to offshore oil drilling platforms crashed Tuesday in the South China Sea off Malaysia.

Seven passengers and two pilots were rescued, the New Straits Times reported. The missing man was identified as Irwan Fasla Aini Salihin, a technician with a Petronas contractor.

The crash occurred in stormy weather with high winds and waves. The passenger might have failed to escape from the helicopter before it sank or have been swept away after getting out.

The helicopter had dropped passengers off at one platform and was heading for a second one more than 20 miles out to sea. The pilots, realizing the helicopter was in trouble, warned passengers to prepare for ditching in the sea. They were rescued by a ship sent by Petronas and taken to Bintulu Hospital for observation.

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