Toddler killed by remote control helicopter

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SEREMBAN: AN 18-month-old baby was killed by a remote control helicopter which crashed at the launch of the Paroi Youth and Sports Complex synthetic football field on Wednesday night.

Nurdamia Husnina Banee Yamin (pic) died on arrival at the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital in the 10pm incident.

The toy helicopter also grazed the head of the toddler's father, Banee Yamin Idris, 35, who sought treatment at the same hospital.

Eye-witness Abdul Latif Salim said the toy helicopter appeared to have lost control before plunging towards the public.

He managed to dodge the toy helicopter before it hit the toddler who was being carried by the father.

Bernama reported that the remote control helicopter show was part of the event officiated by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Mohamad told reporters after visiting Banee Yamin at the hospital he regretted the incident which he described as unexpected.

He said the state government would set up an investigation board to look into the matter to ensure it did not recur.

Seremban police chief ACP Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said the 40-year-old equipment operator had filed a police report and the case was being investigated under Section 304A of the Penal Code.

Thamil Vaannen, an adviser from the Kajang Radio Control Model Club, told The Malay Mail reporter SHEITH KHIDHIR there had been many other incidents and that accidents like losing an eye were common although they may not have been highlighted.

"Malaysia does not have a particular set of rules to address the safety issues of flying remote control aircraft, but clubs such as ours do have rules," he said.

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