After an Oct. 4 emergency landing that local news reports say injured 22 people, the Malaysian Armed Forces will reportedly be expediting the process to upgrade its fleet of Sikorsky S-61A-4 Nuris. The Nuri involved in the incident was on a routine training flight in Tawau for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
Directly following the incident, the service did not have any plans to ground its fleet of Nuris, as the aircraft were in good condition. However, on Oct. 5, local news outlets reported that the Malaysian defence minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, echoed opinions that the fleet is due for an upgrade.
A program is in place to replace the aging fleet of Nuris — in service since 1967 — with Airbus Helicopters H225Ms in phases. The service has been asked to monitor this program closely to ensure efficiency, in light of the emergency landing. The investigation is still ongoing, with a released report expected within a month.