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Sikorsky S-76

A petroleum company leased Sikorsky S-76 helicopter has crashed at sea, 98 miles off the coast of Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia with the six oil company workers and two pilots on board the aircraft.

All individual aboard the helicopter were rescued by a passing vessel, local news agency Bernama reported.

Passengers and crew were sent to a hospital in Miri for medical treatment, however at this time it is believed no one on board the helicopter suffered serious injuries.

Petronas said the incident occurred when the helicopter was about to “make a controlled landing aboard a vessel carrying out seismic work.”

Bintulu police deputy chief Mohd Said Ibrahim said bad weather forced the helicopter to make an emergency landing in the water.

The helicopter wreckage and the case have been handed over to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for further investigation.