Saturday, September 12, 2009

RMAF PC-7 crashed short of runway, 2 killed

Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) flight commander Maj Mohd Zulkifli Hasan, one of the two pilots killed in an aircraft crash in Langkawi yesterday, was buried in his village at Kamunting here today.He was buried at the Kampung Changkat Larah Muslim cemetery about 7.30am.Mohd Zulkifli, 38; and co-pilot Maj Mohd Roszaini Mohd Mustafa, 37 from Kuala Krai, Kelantan; were killed when the RMAF aircraft, a PC7 MKII, crashed just short of the runway at the international airport on Langkawi island about 12.20pm yesterday.

His father, Hasan Mawee, 65, said he last met Mohd Zulkifli, who is his oldest child, on the first day of Ramadan."He told one of his siblings to take care of me, their mother and his children and whispered that he would not live long."After that, he did not come home, until yesterday when we got news of his death, " he added.Mohd Zulkifli leaves a wife, Suzi Sidek, 36, and five children, aged between one and 11 years old.

Meanwhile, Mohd Roszaini's body, which arrived at his family home in Kampung Lalok, Machang, Kelantan, accompanied by several RMAF senior officers, was buried at the Kampung Pek Muslim cemetery about 11am.He leaves a wife, Pahizawati Mohd Noor, 31, and three children -- Faza Daniya, 11; Faza Diyana,9; and Faza Doraini, 3.Pahizawati, who was at the funeral, was too distraught to speak when met by reporters.Mohd Roszaini's mother, Che Azizun Che Mamat, 68, said her son telephoned her two days before the crash asking her to get him a new baju Melayu for the coming Hari Raya.
"He told me that he had banked in extra money for me this month because he wanted me to get him the new baju Melayu. I had bought the material and cut it for his baju Melayu."He also told me that he was very busy lately, having to fly morning and evening," she told reporters at her house.Che Azizun said she was informed of her son's death in the crash at 2pm yesterday."I was shocked and distraught, but accepted his death as God's will," she added.

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