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Senior officials killed in Malaysia helicopter crash

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Senior officials killed in Malaysia helicopter crash

<p>Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s chief of staff as well as a former ambassador to the United States were among six people killed in a helicopter crash near the capital.</p> <p>Witnesses told state news agency Bernama they saw the helicopter explode in mid-air before it crashed into the ground in the town of Semenyih outside Kuala Lumpur late on Saturday.</p> <p>For Najib, it is a national and personal tragedy. Passengers were returning from his daughter’s wedding reception.</p> <p>The grief-stricken premier told a news conference that “no stone will be left unturned” by investigators determining the cause of the crash.</p> <p>He said it was too early to draw any conclusions but that “a full, thorough and comprehensive investigation must be carried out”.</p> <p>Among other victims, the helicopter was carrying Najib’s chief of staff, Azlin Alias, and lawmaker Jamaluddin Jarjis, formerly Malaysia’s top envoy to Washington.</p> <p>“We have lost two figures who had made great contributions to the government, party and country in this tragedy,” Bernama quoted a tearful Najib as saying.</p> <p>The other four killed were identified as businessman Tan Huat Seang, the pilot, co-pilot and a bodyguard. All six bodies were recovered from the wreckage on Saturday night, officials said. Malaysia’s civil aviation department has begun an investigation.</p>