Body from missing helicopter found in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: A female body and debris from a missing helicopter that carried senior government officials were found in Sarawak state in Malaysia, officials said on Friday.

The helicopter carrying six people lost contact with air control some 20 minutes after taking off from Betong on Thursday afternoon. Search and rescue operations were subsequently launched, Xinhua news agency reported.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said parts of the missing AS350 helicopter were found near a river. The people aboard were yet to be found, he said.

Search and rescue teams retrieved the body of a woman in the area where parts of debris were found earlier. The cause of the incident remains unclear.

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