He was a doting son, says brother of late pilot

GOMBAK: Pilot Mohamed Sabri Baharon, who was killed in a helicopter crash at Taman Melawati, was a doting son and had been taking care of his elderly mother for the last 14 years.

Younger brother Mohd Faris said he never complained about looking after their mother, Intan Omar, 74.

“Naturally, he did not talk much but would always update his family on his activities.

“I frequently followed him on his flights and the last one was during Malaysia Day, ” he said when met at the Radhatul Sakinah Muslim Cemetery in Batu Caves yesterday.

Mohamed Sabri, 56, a former navy officer, was laid to rest at about 2.15pm with his family members and navy friends to bid him a final farewell.

Former Malaysia Airlines Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya and Tan

Chai Eian, who were in another helicopter that collided with Mohamed Sabri’s aircraft but survived, were also there to pay their last respects.

Meanwhile, Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, who attended the funeral, said Mohamed Sabri may have left the navy 10 years ago but he left an everlasting legacy with the force.

“His contribution to the navy was priceless, especially in naval aviation.

“He will always be remembered and cherished by navy personnel and officers, ” he said.

He said Mohamed Sabri was among the earliest pilots recruited into the navy’s air unit.

Describing the late pilot as his friend, he said Mohamed Sabri had kept the navy’s aviation standard high.

The other victim, Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi, 44, was laid to rest at USJ 22 Muslim Cemetery at about 4.30pm yesterday.

Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia director Prof Datuk Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid said they had earlier conducted the post-mortem on both the men and part of the report had been handed over to the police.

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