“At 1200 hours, the Fire and Rescue Department located the body of a female victim not far from where debris was found,” Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department director Nor Hisham Mohammad confirmed with The Star Online.
The location was listed as latitude 1412394 and longitude 111.218343
The four other individuals on board were the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai, Kuala Kangsar MP and Malaysian Palm Oil Board member Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad and personal bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun, as well as the pilot, Captain Rudolf Rex Ragas.
Noriah is also Sungai Besar MP.
Search and rescue teams have been mobilised and dispatched to the areas narrowed down.
Debris from the crash was found near Batang Lupar at 9.50am Friday.
The debris from the missing AS350 helicopter comprised of a rotor blade, a floatation device, part of a helicopter wall, a door and a seat.