A charter plane crash on a highway north of Kuala Lumpur has led to the tragic loss of at least 10 lives.
The aircraft, which carried six passengers and two flight crew members, took off from Langkawi International Airport en route to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, according to a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia.
The initial contact with Subang Air Traffic Control Tower was established at 2:47 p.m. local time (2:47 a.m. ET), with landing clearance granted at 2:48 p.m. local time. However, at 2:51 p.m. local time, the Control Tower noticed smoke emerging from the crash site, though no distress call was made by the aircraft, the statement revealed.
The crash resulted in the plane colliding with a car and a motorcycle, each containing one person, as reported by state newspaper Berita Harian, which cited Selangor Police Head Hussein Omar Khan.
Khan stated, “Forensic teams are currently recovering the remains and will transport them to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for post-mortem examinations and the process of identification.” He added that the Ministry of Transport would initiate an inquiry.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke confirmed that investigations are ongoing. “There are no survivors from the crash,” he announced during a press briefing. “The identification of victims on the road is still pending, and updates will be provided in due course. Forensic confirmation is necessary.”
Media from Malaysia shared videos and pictures depicting a scorched portion of the highway, sectioned off and filled with smoke.