MELAKA, Oct 18 — The wreckage of the GT500 Microlight aircraft which crashed in Sungai Mati along the Melaka-Johor border on Oct 14 is expected to be brought out from the riverbed within a fortnight at the latest.
Sungai Rambai Aerodrome chairman Datuk Hassan Abd Rahman said the efforts to bring out the wreckage would take time to due to several technical factors which must be considered, including not disrupting the investigations conducted by the authorities.
“The wreckage will be brought out as soon as possible with the cooperation of several parties such as the police, fire brigade and the Civil Aviation Department (DCA).
“We also do not want the wreckage to affect the river ecosystem,” he told reporters when met at the Deepavali open house held by Melaka Company Affairs, Human Resource and Non-Governmental Organisations Committee Datuk M.S Mahadevan here today.
Hassan said the cost of bringing out the wreckage would be fully borne by the family of the pilot who died in the crash as the aircraft belonged to him.
He said the aircraft which was piloted by Yee Yoon Fah, 54, had been given permission to land at the Sungai Rambai Aerodrome here but the flight did not get clearance from the DCA.
Last Saturday, Yee was killed after the microlight he was flying crashed after taking off from the Sungai Rambai Aerodrome at about 10.30 am while his friend Mohd Shahrul Shafiri, 35, who was a member of the General Operations Force suffered injuries in the face and body.
The aircraft crashed about 200 metres from the aerodrome runway, believed to be due to technical problems. — Bernama