PUTRAJAYA: The final report on the “Double Six” plane crash in Sabah back in 1976 will be declassified, announced Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic).
The Prime Minister said the full report will be released by the Transport Ministry next week.
He said the Cabinet had decided on the matter in the interest of the victims’ families and the people of Sabah.
“Taking into consideration the sentiment and the sensitivity of the people, especially in Sabah over the incident which happened 47 years ago, the Cabinet has decided to declassify the final report on the air crash,” he said after chairing the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (April 5).
The investigation report on the “Double Six” plane crash, one of the darkest moments in Sabah’s history, has been under wraps for the last 47 years.
The crash had killed 11 people, including then Sabah chief minister Tun Fuad Stephens, state ministers Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin and Chong Thien Vun.
They were on a flight from Labuan when the aircraft crashed in Sembulan while approaching the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Among others who also perished were state assistant minister Darius Binion, Sabah Finance Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Wahid Peter Andau, Isak Atan (private secretary to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who was then finance minister), Kpl Said Mohammad (bodyguard to Fuad), pilot Capt Gandhi Nathan and Fuad’s eldest son Johari Stephens.