Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has confirmed that co-pilot Joel Banch, was killed in the ill fated MASwings Twin Otter plane that crashed at Kudat airport today.

Another victim of the crash is Tan Ah Chai who was 96.

The crash occurred in the vicinity of the airport at 2.50pm, and it injured five people with the total number of passengers and crew onboard totalling to 16.

Eleven firemen from the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department were at the scene of the crash.

Deputy Defence Minister and Kudat Member of Parliament Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said he learnt there was a strong wind at the time the plane was about to land.

MASWings has since changed their Facebook profile photo to gloomy grey to signify their grief over the deceased lost of lives in the crash.