BUTTERWORTH: There was a "different sound" coming from the Hawk 108 jet fighter before it crashed at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base here, says an eyewitness.
"We have been staying here for a long time and we know the type of sounds coming from an aircraft. This time, it sounded different from the usual," said 44-year-old Mastura Mohd Noordin.
Mastura - who runs a tomyam shop at Kampung Benggali Sungai Puyu about 100m away from the airbase - said that she heard two loud explosions when the aircraft crashed.
“There were two loud explosions and it sounded like there was a bomb,” says Mastura Mohd Noordin when asked about the Hawk 108 air crash at the Butterworth air base on Tuesday (Nov 16).
"As soon as the aircraft landed, there was an explosion and all we could see was a ball of flames. The aircraft dragged on before it exploded a second time," she added.
Mastura added that she quickly went out to see what had happened.
“Since it was at night, we could not see much. However, there was fire,” she said.
On Tuesday (Nov 16), a RMAF officer was killed and another was injured when their aircraft crashed during a training exercise at its base at Teluk Ayer Tawar near here.
The officer who was killed in the crash has been identified as Kapt Mohamad Affendi Bustamy.
His co-pilot who was injured and is now hospitalised at the Seberang Jaya Hospital has been identified as Major Mohd Fareez Omar.
It is understood that the two servicemen were conducting night flying training when the incident occurred.