SEBERANG PERAI, November 17 – The remains of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) pilot who was killed when the Hawk 108 fighter plane he was piloting crashed last night will be returned to his hometown of Pahang .
The remains of Captain Mohamad Affendi Bustamy will be sent to Muadzam in Pahang for burial today.
Affendi’s widow, Nurul’Izati Shari, 31, and her sister, who was named Nur, were in Seberang Jaya Hospital to identify his body after the autopsy.
According to Nur, Affendi was at RMAF Air Force Base in Butterworth for training.
“My brother and his wife are staying in Labuan but his wife was in Kelantan for a break when she learned of this incident,” Nur said.
She said they immediately traveled to Penang from Pahang upon being informed of the incident.
“We accept his death as fate,” she said while holding back tears outside the hospital’s forensic unit.
Nur said Affendi was the oldest of three siblings and was very responsible.
“He was good for all of us,” she said.
She said Affendi’s widow is still in shock and there needs to be room for grief.
Nurul’Izati was too distraught to speak to the media.
Affendi’s remains were released around 2 p.m.
His remains will be taken to the RMAF air base here to be flown back to Pahang.
Butterworth RMAF Air Base Commander Brigadier General Shaiful Azuar Ariffin will accompany Affendi’s remains to Pahang.
The RMAF Hawk 108 plane crashed into the air base here, killing Affendi, 31, and injuring Major Mohd Fareez Omar, 33.
Fareez is hospitalized at Seberang Jaya Hospital for treatment.
According to Fareez’s father, who gave his name as Omar Deros, his son is conscious and under observation.
“I am grateful that my son survived, but it is sad that his colleague was killed in this incident,” he said.
Omar, who rushed here from Selangor, arrived at 8 am today but has yet to see his son.
“They are arranging for me to visit him soon,” he said.
He added that his son may need to have an operation, but he does not have details on this yet.