Pilot’s wife says never thought Mohd Hasri will return ‘home’ forever

Major Mohd Hasri Zahari's wife Asysyuhadak Ahmad (second from right) holds her baby as she departs to Jempol, Negeri Sembilan for her late husband’s funeral. Picture taken June 16, 2017. — Bernama pic
Major Mohd Hasri Zahari's wife Asysyuhadak Ahmad (second from right) holds her baby as she departs to Jempol, Negeri Sembilan for her late husband’s funeral. Picture taken June 16, 2017. — Bernama pic

JEMPOL, June 16 — Asysyuhadak Ahmad was excited when her husband Major Mohd Hasri Zahari planned to return to his hometown in Felda Lui Muda near here to celebrate the upcoming Aidilfitri, but little did she know that it would be his last trip after he was killed in the Hawk 108 fighter jet crash in Chukai, Terengganu on Thursday.

Asysyuhadak, 30, said according to the plan, her husband had wanted to return home tomorrow and stay there until the second day of Aidilfitri.

“Now, it seems that he had returned home forever. I didn’t notice anything odd, but before this, whenever we wanted to return to hometown, he will asked me to pack up, but this time he never mention anything about packing up,” she told reporters after Mohd Hasri’s funeral here yesterday.

Asysyuhadak, who appeared calm during the funeral said she planned to go back to work after quitting her job as an engineer a year ago.

“For the time being, I want to stay here (Felda Lui Muda) and maybe I will take up a job in Kuala Lumpur,” said the mother of a six-month daughter.

Asysyuhadak also thanked the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for helping with the funeral arrangement.

Meanwhile, Mohd Hasri’s father, Zahari Md Din, 65, said he accepted the passing of his only son but sad for not being able to celebrate the upcoming Aidilfitri together.

“When he’s home last April, he said he couldn’t come home for Raya because he didn’t get the leave. But after that he contacted me, he was so happy that he was given 10 days’ leave and I was supposed to fetch him at the Subang (Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah) Airport,” he said.

Zahari described the third of four siblings as easy-going and good person.

On Thursday, Mohd Hasri and Major Yazmi Mohamed Yusof, 39, were killed after the Hawk 108 aircraft they were flying crashed in a swamp forest in Chukai.

Their bodies were found at 2.30pm, about 53km from the Kuantan Air Base with the parachutes still attached. — Bernama

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