Monday, November 16, 2009

RSAF serviceman dies after road accident in US

Channel NewsAsia - Tuesday, November 17 SINGAPORE:

A 21—year—old regular serviceman from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has died, following a road accident along a highway in North Florida, United States.

Lieutenant (LTA) Chee Zhi Hao and two other RSAF servicemen were returning from a visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida on 15 November at about 12.10pm (16 November, 2.10am Singapore time) when the car they were travelling in left the right side of the road and crashed into a parked truck.

The three servicemen, all of whom are pilot trainees, were attending the Initial Entry to Rotary Wing Course in the US Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama, which had organised the visit to the museum.

LTA Chee was evacuated by air to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he received immediate medical attention. He was pronounced dead at about 9.20pm local time (11.20am Singapore time).

One of the servicemen, LTA Lim Jun Kai, 23, was taken to and warded at Florida’s Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and is now in stable condition. The other serviceman, LTA Ingkiriwang Wei Zhi Reeve, 22, has been discharged after receiving treatment in another hospital.

The US authorities are investigating the accident.

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