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Hong Kong media tycoon survived helicopter crash

More details of last week’s dramatic helicopter crash off Bergen emerged on Friday, with the state accident report revealing that among the three men on board was Hong Kong media tycoon Charles Chan Kwok-keung.

The South China Morning Post reported Friday that Chan was rescued and, along with the British pilot, suffered only minor injuries. The third man on board the helicopter, which was attempting to land on a luxury yacht in Bergen’s Sandviken area, remains in critical condition. He was identified by the South China Morning Post as David Tang, also reported earlier to be a pilot.

Chan, who serves as chairman of TVB in Hong Kong, was reported as having “cheated death” in the accident and, according to the Post, has since returned to Hong Kong. TVB had no comment.

The ownership of the so-called “super yacht” Bacarella has remained  secret. It wasn’t clear whether Chan has ownership interests in the vessel, which had arrived in Bergen on May 1 and remained there until the helicopter, which flew to Norway from the UK via Shetland with Chan and the two others on board, arrived on May 10.

It had refueled at Bergen’s Flesland airport before heading for the yacht, and was landing when a tarp on board the yacht broke loose and got tangled in the helicopter’s rotary blades. The helicopter then plunged into the chilly waters off Bergen, but the pilot activated its floatation device and said at a press conference late last week that he managed to get the two others out of the wreckage. A Norwegian search and rescue vessel, which was coincidentally nearby, sailed immediately to the crash site and all three men were plucked out of the water and rushed to hospital. staff



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