Sunday, July 29, 2012

Aero AT-4 LSA, 9M - EYM: Accident occurred July 29, 2012 in Kampung Parit Puasa, Ayer Baloi

Samuel Ling.

SINGAPORE: Samuel Ling Shi Min, the 25-year-old Singaporean pilot who died in the plane crash in Pontian, Johor on Sunday, was supposed to begin his postgraduate studies at the Singapore Management University (SMU) in August. 

 Professor Bryce Hool from SMU School of Economics said SMU is saddened by the tragic news and would render any assistance possible to Mr Ling's family.

Mr Ling had enrolled into the School of Economics' Master of Science in Applied Economics program.

Malaysian fire and police personnel conducting their investigations at the site of the plane crash. (Photo: The Star)

 SINGAPORE- Friends of 25-year-old Singaporean pilot Samuel Ling Shi Min who died in Pontian, Johor said they are shocked to learn that he crashed his plane.

Samuel was also an avid diver and his diving instructor, Neo Kah Heng, told Channel NewsAsia that he was persistent in his pursuits but he was never reckless.

Neo Kah Heng, diving instructor at Sunny Cove LLP, said: "When he says he wants to try something, he will go ahead and he will do it until the very end. He will not stop halfway. And he seeks something for interest other than his work. He's very friendly and very humble.

"He doesn't like to talk loud about his stuff. Only when we talk to him then he will just mingle and share a bit about what he's doing.

"He's not the kind to do crazy stuff. I was quite shocked."


Grim sight: Police and Kampung Parit Puasa residents looking at the wrecked Cessna aircraft which plummeted into an oil palm plantation in Ayer Baloi some 16km from Pontian town, Johor. 

PONTIAN - Residents of Kampung Parit Puasa were shaken after a single-seater light aircraft crashed into an oil palm plantation some 100m from a row of houses here. The pilot, Singaporean Samuel Ling Shi Min, 25, from a flying club based in Senai,died on the spot after his Cessna aircraft crashed at the plantation near the kampung in Ayer Baloi some 16km from Pontian town here at about 1.30pm yesterday.

Mohd Shafian Buang, 15, said he was sweeping the floor outside his home about 200m from the scene when he noticed an aircraft spinning before plummeting to the ground.

"I heard a loud crash and rushed to the plantation to have a look.

"I was shocked to see a man lying face down beside the aircraft with severe head injuries. I think his body was flung out as a result of the impact," he said yesterday.

The SMK Layang-Layang student said he rushed home to inform his uncle who called the police.

This is not the first such incident in the vicinity. In 2010, a 19-year-old female trainee pilot was killed when her plane crashed into an oil palm plantation in Ladang Sri Pulai here.

A villager Mohd Sabri Kasah, 42, who owns a beancurd-making business, said the crash sounded like fireworks exploding.

"I did not dare go near the aircraft because I was scared it might explode as I could smell fuel," he said.

Pontian Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Tan Moh Chuan said that police received a distress call at 2.10pm.

"The body has been sent to Hospital Pontian for a post-mortem," he said.

It is learnt that the aircraft had taken off from Senai airport at about 12.30pm.

Johor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Hamid Suari confirmed that 11 firemen were sent to the scene.

Fire and police personnel conducting their investigations at the site of the crash.

A light aircraft piloted by a Singaporean man identified as Samuel Ling Shi Min, 25, crashed into a private oil palm plantation in Ayer Baloi, an hour's drive from the Tuas Second Link Highway, Pontian police said. 

Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation is investigating the cause of the crash which occurred at about 2.15pm on Sunday. 

Mr Ling, who was alone in the aircraft, is believed to have died on impact.

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Singaporean pilot dies in Malaysia plane crash 

 KUALA LUMPUR - A Singaporean pilot on a training flight died today when his single-seat plane crashed into an oil palm plantation in southern Malaysia, police said.

The plane went down today in clear weather after taking off from a private flight school in Johor state, local police official Wan Razani Wan Ibrahim said.

The body of the Singaporean pilot, who was in his 20s, was found under the plane wreck in the plantation, Wan Razani said.

He said authorities were still investigating what caused the crash and could not confirm what type of plane was involved.

Last week, three Malaysians died when their helicopter went down in a river in bad weather in Sarawak state on Borneo island. Only the German pilot survived.

On the same day, in the sultanate of Brunei, which is also on Borneo, an air force helicopter crashed, killing 12 military personnel returning from jungle training. Two cadets survived.

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