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RMAF Fighter Jet Crash in Butterworth Claims Pilot’s Life

Hawk 108 Fighter Jet | Image courtesy of RMAF
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The fighter jet went down during a night flying drill at the Royal Malaysian Air Force airbase last night.

A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Hawk 108 fighter jet has been confirmed to have crashed at the Butterworth Air Force Base in Penang last night during a night flying drill.

The RMAF has released the names of the two pilots involved in the unfortunate incident. One pilot, Major Mohd Fareez Omar, is receiving treatment for his injuries at Hospital Seberang Jaya, and is reported to be in stable condition.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force has identified the servicemen who were killed and injured when a Hawk 108 aircraft crashed at the airbase here last night.  -NSTP/DANIAL SAAD
Image from the scene of the crash at The Royal Malaysian Air Force airbase at Butterworth last night | Image Credit: NSTP / Danial Saad

The other pilot, however, Captain Mohd Affendi Bustamy, was tragically killed in the crash. In an official statement, the RMAF said the crash happened at 10.07pm at the base’s runway.

“Both pilots were married. Both families were informed, and the RMAF will ensure the welfare of the families is prioritised,” stated the RMAF. “TUDM will establish a comprehensive investigation board to look into the incident.”

No further details were provided on the incident, and people were urged not to spread any unverified information.

Reported by Bernama, there have been at least nine incidents involving RMAF Hawk 108 fighter jets between 1996 and 2017, with the last one before this latest one having crashed into a swamp in Chukai, Terengganu, in 2017, killing both pilots on board.

Video Credit: YouTube / RMAF / New Straits Times



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