Friday 22 August 2008


Wreckage of HM Aerospace DA-40 TDI Aircraft, registration number 9M-HMT at the crash site.

Picure from Sin Chiew Website

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The co-pilot of the ill-fated Diamond Star DA40 light aircraft was found dead while the pilot who suffered serious injuries, survived 14-hours of agony before being found trapped in the wreckage in Malaysia on Thursday, local media reported on Friday.

Muhammad Ariff Ahmad Fuad, 20, who was pinned to the chair in the cockpit, was believed to have been killed by the impact of the crash.

Meanwhile, Mohd Farid Abdullah, 21, managed to crawl eight meters after he got out from the aircraft, the New Straits Times said.

Mohd Farid, who was seriously injured, shouted in vain for help as the crash had occurred in the jungle and the nearest village was about four kilometers away.

Rescuers, who started combing the jungles in Tepoh, northern Terengganu state, quarry after receiving a report on Wednesday, found the wreckage at in Merang, Terengganu.

The rescuers had to depend on information from the villagers who said they saw the aircraft flying low and suspected that it had crashed into a forest area.

Mohd Farid was sent to hospital soon after he was found and the body of Muhammad Ariff was taken to hospital 45 minutes later for a post-mortem, Terengganu State acting police chief Jalaluddin AbdRahmad said.

Mohd Farid was being warded for observation, he said.

Jalaluddin said 118 rescuers from the Kuala Terengganu (capital of Terengganu state) police contingent, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Department were involved in the operation.

On Wednesday, the two-seater aircraft had taken off from Kuala Terengganu for Langkawi, northern Kedah state at 4:40 p.m.

Ten minutes later the police received a call that the aircraft was missing. Immediately a search and rescue team was formed.”

Sincere condolence to the family of the late Muhammad Ariff Ahmad Fuad

Requiescat in pace

- May he rest in peace

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