SHAH ALAM: A RMAF Bae Systems Hawk Mk108 jet trainer crashed at the Butterworth airbase last night, leaving one of the pilots dead while the other hospitalised. The deceased pilot was identified as Capt Mohamad Affendi Bustamy by RMAF while Major Mohd Fareez Omar is undergoing treatment at the Seberang Jaya hospital in a stable condition.
Both were involved in a night flying training at Butterworth when the incident occurred at 10.07pm, RMAF said in the statement. The service said the families of both crew members – who were married – have been notified of the incident and were being supported.
RMAF said it was arranging for the remains of Mohamad Affendi for the burial. It said an investigation board would be set up to probe the incident.
Pictures published by the media showed the wreck of the Hawk near the control tower which is located – if I remembered correctly – some 50 meters from the sole runway at the airbase.
Another picture taken likely this morning clearly showed that both pilots had ejected from the stricken aircraft though only one survived the incident. The picture also revealed that the aircraft involved is tail number M40-08.
The last fatal crash involving RMAF Hawks was back on June 15 2017, when another Mk108 crash killing both pilots. Both Major Yasmi Mohamed Yusof, 39, and Major Hasri Zahari, 31 were found at 2.30pm in a forest 53 km north of the Kuantan airbase. An investigations into the crash determined a technical fault was the main reason for the crash.
On December 21, 2016, a Beechcraft King Air B200T crashed while conducting touch and go landing at the Butterworth airbase. The pilot, Major C. Kayamboo, 45 was killed in the incident while the other three crew members were injured.
— Malaysian Defence