A search and rescue (SAR) helicopter was today spotted hovering over the spot where a missing Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) fighter jet is thought to have crashed near Kampung Yah Yah here yesterday.
The jet's two pilots were found dead Thursday in a swampy area in in Chukai, a town in Terengganu.
The RMAF lost contact with the jet plane at 11.30am. The aircraft had taken off from the airbase at 11am and went missing 30 minutes later.
"The bodies were found 20 metres apart".
Gen Affendi added that after the press briefing, he would head to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital (HTAA). He said Yasmi was from Kuala Lumpur and had served the RMAF for 19 years while Hasri was from Jempol, Negeri Sembilan, and had been in the force for 13 years. "They were both experienced pilots, and are a huge to us", he said.
An investigation has been instituted to determine the cause of the accident. "We will conduct an in-depth investigation", he said.
He said his ministry's priority now is to provide all available assistance to the family of the two pilots killed.
He did not reject the possibility of buying more Hawk fighters from Saudi Arabia which has a squadron of BAE Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force.