Yazmi concerned about RMAF’s ageing fleet, says brother of dead pilot

Hawk-108PETALING JAYA: According to the elder brother of Hawk 108 pilot Major Yazmi Mohamed Yusof who was killed yesterday during a routine training flight, the latter had raised concerns over the ageing fleet operated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

“I hope the government will look into the matter as it concerns lives and the sovereignty of the country,” Yasni Mohamed Yusof was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

He described his younger brother as a “wonderful person with a passion for flying”.

Yasni said his brother had been with the RMAF for almost 20 years and his callsign was “Chaser” because he liked to chase his dreams.

According to NST, the RMAF fighter jet fleet, including the Hawk, the MiG-29N Fulcrum and Sukhoi Su-30MKM Super Flanker, were facing technical difficulties due to the high cost of maintenance and spare parts.

The daily said Yazmi was asked to do a test flight on the ill-fated jet, which was grounded for a long period owing to technical problems.

Yasni said his brother was involved in the detachment between Kuantan and Labuan, and would fly between the two bases every two weeks following the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.

Yazmi leaves behind his wife and six children, aged between 3 and 11. He will be buried today at the Taman Tasik Titiwangsa Muslim cemetery in Kuala Lumpur.