Pilots’ remains arrive at Kuantan RMAF base for funeral arrangements

 |Jun 16, 2017
Major Mohd Hasri Zahari (left) and Major Yazmi Mohamed. – Pic credit Free Malaysia Today.

The remains of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) pilots Major Yazmi Mohamed Yusof and Major Mohd Hasri Zahari who were killed after their Hawk 108 training fighter jet crashed yesterday, arrived at the surau at the RMAF base in Kuantan at 5.45am.

The bodies were transported in two vans accompanied by traffic police personnel, a TUDM vehicle and family members of the two deceased.

As is the custom, the remains would be washed, wrapped and prayed over at the surau before being transported to their respective villages in a RMAF aircraft.

Yazmi’s remains would be buried at Titiwangsa cemetery, Kuala Lumpur while Mohd Hasri’s, at Felda Lui Muda cemetery in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan.

The jet that Yazmi, 39, and Mohd Hasri, 31, were in, was believed to have crashed in a swampy area at a forest in Chukai, Terengganu.

Their bodies were located at 2.30pm about 20 metres apart.

They were in their parachutes, which showed that they had managed to escape from the aircraft.

The Hawk 108 was reported to have left Kuantan RMAF base at 11am before losing contact about half an hour later.

Last night, the wife and child of Mohd Hasri arrived at the Kuantan RMAF base.

Asysyuhadak Ahmad and Nur Hafiya Mohd Hasri arrived from Labuan in a special RMAF aircraft at about 10.50pm and were joined by Mohd Hasri’s family members from Felda Lui Muda, Negeri Sembilan.

However, the pilot’s widow and daughter were at the RMAF base for only a brief period and were seen boarding a van belonging to the RMAF heading to an unknown destination while awaiting completion of the autopsy on Mohd Hasri at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan. – Bernama