Body recovered at crash site

Local | Jane Cheung 21 May 2019

Police found the remains of lawyer Andrew Wong Fai-hung who was killed in the helicopter accident in Tai Po on Sunday.

The aircraft, which had caught fire, crashed into the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden on Sunday night. Police tactical unit officers found some human remains, which they believe belonged to Wong, about 20 meters from the helicopter.

His wife and family went to the scene, and left at about midnight. The body was delivered to the mortuary at 1am.

The site where the aircraft crashed was still sealed and around 130 officers from the police, the Hong Kong Aviation Club and the Lands Department yesterday arrived at the scene for further investigation.

Wong, 49, had three years experience of flying a helicopter and was a member of the Hong Kong Aviation Club. He had just renewed his license on the day of the tragic accident.

The helicopter was a Robinson R44 owned by the club. The model is a four-seater light helicopter produced by Robinson Helicopter.

Bob Sears, maintenance director of the aviation club went to the scene to provide assistance.

"I saw the remains of the craft. It was not comfortable to see," he said.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam Man-ho, who is a professional pilot, said the Robinson R44 is a stable helicopter model that has been widely used across the globe.

"They will investigate the cause of the crash in multiple aspects, including the weather, functions of the helicopter system, maintenance record of the aircraft and the experience and health condition of the pilot," he said.

He said the Civil Aviation Department will submit the flying record and information to the Air Accident Investigation Authority for an independent investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted on Wong to investigate the cause of death.

A spokesman of the farm said it would be closed until next Sunday and that staff need not come into work.

Wong flew solo on Sunday afternoon but was killed when his helicopter burst into flames and crashed at the hillside on the farm.

The severely damaged aircraft remained at the crash site for further investigation and authorities are looking into ways to remove the helicopter from the scene.

Wong ran in the District Council election for Wan Chai District in 2007 but lost. He worked at Pansy Leung Tang & Chua in Central.

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