RMAF CN235 Ditched, Crew Survived

SHAH ALAM: A RMAF CN-235 air-lifter ditched next to the shoreline at Kuala Selangor, this morning. The eight crew members escaped with minor injuries.
The CN-235-220M – M44-07 – was taking part in the flypast rehearsals for the Colours Award ceremony scheduled for Monday when it developed mechanical trouble about 8.40am.

The flight crew made a text-book water landing just metres from mangrove forest surrounding the area. From the pictures circulating, it appears that the port engine caught fire, which led to the ditching.

An overview of the crash site most likely taken by RMAF. Air Times.
An overview of the crash site most likely taken by RMAF. Air Times.
MM44-07 is still on fire despite the ditching.
MM44-07 caught fire despite the ditching.
RMAF CN235 M44-07 taking part in flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016. The plane ditched near Kuala Selangor on Feb 26. All eight crew survived.
RMAF CN235 M44-07 taking part in the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016. The plane ditched near Kuala Selangor on Feb 26. All eight crew members survived.

The site of the ditching is about 57 kilometres from Subang airbase where the CN-235 took off with three other aircraft, a Beechcraft B200T King Air and two Hercules at about 7.20am. Although the crew members survived – the co-pilot broke his arm – a local fisherman drowned when he got stuck in the mud in the attempt to rescue them.

RMAF Beechcraft B200T from No 16 Squadron at the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016.
RMAF Beechcraft B200T from No 16 Squadron at the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016.

The stricken plane was part of the transport aircraft formation that was supposed to conduct the flypast rehearsal at Subang airbase at about 9.20am. Because of the crash, the flypast rehearsal for today (Feb 26, 2016) was cancelled. Today’s rehearsal was supposed to be the third time the flypast rehearsal was conducted ahead of the Monday’s ceremony.

The rotary formation taken on Feb 25, 2016.
The rotary formation taken on Feb 25, 2016.

In the flypast, the transport aircraft is preceded by the rotary formation and concluded with the fast jets.

RMAF Nuri S61A4 M23-26 at the fly-past rehearsal on Feb 26. The 36 is the only Nuri which has undergone the digital cockpit upgrade. The project is now on hold,  pending the decision by RMAF whether to go forward or not with the Nuri upgrade.
RMAF Nuri S61A4 M23-26 at the fly-past rehearsal on Feb 26. The 36 is the only Nuri which has undergone the digital cockpit upgrade. The project is now on hold pending the decision by RMAF whether or not to continue with the Nuri upgrade.

On Monday, four RMAF flight squadrons, the 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th and the RMAF Regiment (Paskau) are to receive their colours from the RMAF Colonel-in-Chief the Sultan of Pahang.

RMAF Hercules M30-05, one of the two Hercules from 20th Squadron in the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016.
RMAF Hercules M30-05, one of the two Hercules from 20th Squadron in the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016.

The rotary formation of the flypast consists of two EC725/H225M and a Nuri. The formation will also performed the closing gambit at the end of the parade.

Two RMAF Mk 108s took part in the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25.
Two RMAF Mk 108s took part in the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25.

The fast jet formation consists of two each of the Hawk Mk 108s, F/A-18D Hornet, MIG-29N Fulcrum and Su-30MKM.
Two Hornets and Fulcrums flies in the same formation for the flypast. Note the lead Hornet - M45-01 - is painted in the darker grey meaning its optimised for air-to ground role while the second - M45-06 in the lighter air defence grey paint. The Fulcrums are M40-10 and M40-16 respectively.
Two Hornets and Fulcrums flies in the same formation for the flypast. Note the lead Hornet – M45-01 – is painted in the darker grey meaning its optimised for air-to ground role while the second – M45-06 in the lighter air defence grey paint. The Fulcrums are M40-10 and M40-16 respectively.

It is likely that the colour ceremony and flypast will take place as scheduled on Monday though it is likely that the CN235 will not take part.

Sukhoi Su-30MKM from the 11th Squadron - M52-09 and M52-18.
Sukhoi Su-30MKM from the 11th Squadron – M52-09 and M52-18.

No 1 Squadron which flies the CN235s is headquartered in Kuching though at least 2 aircraft – the two VIP variants – 07 and 08 – are normally based in Subang. With the loss of 07, the CN235 fleet is now reduced to seven aircraft.

— Malaysian Defence

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