Kuantan: Two Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) pilot were killed after the Hawk 108 fighter jet crashed in a swamp area near Chukai, Terengganu.
The bodies of 39 year old Major Yazmi Mohamed Yusof from Kuala Lumpur and Major Hasri Zahari, 31, from Jempol, Negeri Sembilan were found 50 kilometers from RMAF’s air base in Kuantan at 2.30 this afternoon.
However, the fighter jet has yet to be found and search operation is on-going.
Chief of Air Force, General Datuk Seri Affendi Buang in a press conference said the parachutes are still intact on both bodies the pilots.
“It is believed both were out from the fighter jet before it crashed. Their bodies were found about 20 meters apart,” he said adding that the bodies were brought to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan for post-mortem.
Earlier today, RMAF in a statement said it has lost contact with one of its Hawk 108 training fighter jet, north of Kuantan near the Terengganu-Pahang border.
The fighter jet took off from the Kuantan Air Force Based at 11 am and reported lost contact half an hour later.
Affendi said a special investigation body will be set up to probe the crash adding that all Hawk 108 fighter jets are temporarily grounded pending investigation.
“They are both experienced pilots. Yazmi served RMAF for 19 years while Hasri has spent his life with the Air Force for the past 13 years,” said Affendi.
The Hawk 108 is an export version of the Hawk 100, a two-seat advanced weapons trainer with additional avionics, optional forward-looking infrared, a redesigned wing and hands-on-throttle-and-stick.
The Hawk 108 was used in air strike missions in Lahad Datu during Ops Daulat in 2013.
The last accident involving such aircraft was in Mersing, Johor, 10 years ago. – dayakdaily.com