KUALA LUMPUR: A Beechcraft 200T King Air of the 16th Squadron crashed next to the ordnance terminal at the Butterworth airbase at 5.18pm today (Dec. 21), RMAF says in a statement. The aircraft – M41-03 – were carrying 4 crew members when it crashed.
Pilot, Mejar C. Kayamboo was killed while three other crew members were rescued and currently undergoing treatment at several hospitals. The other crew members are identified as co-pilot Kapten Wai Lik, 26, mission system operator Lt Hamdi Ahmad Hanafi and observer Sarjan Mohd Sofi Azizan. Hamdi has been transferred to the Hospital Tentera Tunku Mizan in Kuala Lumpur while Mohd Sofi and Wai Lik are now warded at the Hospital Pulau Pinang.
An investigation board has been set up to determine the cause of the accident. 16th Squadron operates 4 Beechcraft 200T fitted with the Thales Amascos, for maritime surveillance. It is likely that the crew of the ill-fated aircraft was on a training mission. The three remaining aircraft has since been grounded pending investigation into 03 crash.
This was the fifth accident involving RMAF aircraft this year but its the first fatal crash in the last six years, which is the main reason this incident got its own post. Other incidents this year involved two Nuris, an Aermacchi MB339CM and a CN-235.
The last fatal crash involving RMAF was back in 2010 when a PC 7 Mk II crashed at UUM in Sintok, Kedah. The pilot was killed in the crash.
RMAF also operates two Super King Air 350is, on lease from Aerotree Sdn Bhd for liaison and pilot conversion duties. To be updated.
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