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by stephanie lee
Musa (left) and Masidi (right) consoling Heral and Ooi at their home in Austral Park, Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: It was a sombre mood at the home of the late Marc Joel Bansh (pic) with little chatter but many words of comfort and condolences pouring from hundreds of friends and relatives for his bereaved family.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was among those who came to pay their last respects to the co-pilot of the ill-fated MASWings Twin Otter that crashed in Kudat on Thursday.
He spent a few minutes with Marc’s parents Heral Bansh, a Sabah Air pilot, and Eva Eleanor Ooi, at their home in Austral Park on Saturday.
It was an emotional, private moment for Heral, who had flown the Chief Minister on numerous official trips across Sabah.
Musa, who was accompanied by state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun during the visit, later left for the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital to call on the five injured victims.
The conversations among the visitors at the Bansh household revolved around Marc’s love for life and his shared passion for sports cars with his father.
Marc had posted in his Facebook about flying back from Miri, Sarawak, to try out his dad’s latest sports car.
The distraught Heral, however, kept mostly to himself.
Vignesvara Rao, Marc’s former instructor at the Asia Pacific Flight Training School in Kota Baru, Kelantan, said he was shocked upon hearing about the crash that killed one of his brightest students.
“He was one of those students who could take the harshest treatment during training.
“He was a natural flyer. I have lost a friend and a brother in the sky,” he said, his voice choking with emotion.
Vignesvara said the pilot of the ill-fated Twin Otter, Capt Wan Mohd Abd Amir Wan Yahya, was also a flight instructor at the flying academy before joining MASWings in 2011.
The pilot and four others are still warded at the QE II Hospital.
Marc will be buried in the grounds of the Stella Maris church in Tanjung Aru here today.
The remains of trader Tan Ah Chai, the 69-year-old passenger who also died in the crash, was flown back to his home in Selangor for the final rites on Saturday.
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Government, Family & Community, maswings, marc joel, bansh. musa aman, air crash
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