Datuk Abdul Samah MatSEMENYIH, April 7 (Bernama) -- Police have confirmed that the woman killed in the helicopter tragedy here last Saturday, whose identity has not yet been determined, was a friend of pilot Clifford William Fournier, who also died in the incident.
Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said police did not discount the possibility that the woman was Aidana Baizieva, as stated in the helicopter flight register released by the Transport Ministry, but a DNA test had to be conducted before this could be confirmed.
He said tests conducted on her remains found that it was the body of a 25-year-old woman.
"Police are satisfied with the findings of the examination. However the real identity of the victim has not yet been determined and will take some time," he told a press conference near the crash location today.
Abdul Samah said police had gone to Aidana's home, an apartment in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur to retrieve several items, documents and specimens belonging to the victim for the DNA test to determine the identity of the sixth victim in the crash.
"Police found evidence of the victim (Aidana's) flight ticket to Langkawi on March 21 during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition which had her name and that of the pilot (Fournier). He had entry access to her home," he said.
Abdul Samah said police investigations found that Aidana had been a diploma student in tourism at a private college and graduated last October.
He added that police had taken statements from her friends.
She was really interested in becoming a pilot...there were witnesses who said they had seen them (Aidana and Fournier) on helicopter rides several times together before this incident," he said, adding that the public should not speculate about her.
If the identity of the victim remains unconfirmed, he said police would have to contact Aidana's 75-year-old father in Kyrgyzstan to conduct a DNA test so as to determine who she is.
Abdul Samah also said the body of the American pilot was taken out of the morgue at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital at 8.15 pm yesterday.
"The body was claimed by a local funeral parlor and was handed over to the United States' Embassy which will decide if it will be buried here or brought home," he said.
Investigations into the helicopter crash which claimed the lives of six people including Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis and the Prime Minister's principal private secretary Datuk Azlin Alias entered the fourth day today.
The AS365N2 Dauphin helicopter (call sign 9M-1GB) with six people onboard crashed into a rubber smallholding in Kampung Sungai Pening, Semenyih at 4.55 pm on Saturday.
Jamaluddin's bodyguard Razakan Seran and businessman Datuk Tan Huat Seang also perished in the crash.