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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

A senior citizen traumatised by plane crash

A Jupiter team KT 1B aircraft
A Jupiter team KT 1B aircraft

LANGKAWI: A senior citizen who witnessed the crash of two Jupiter Aerobatic Team aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force (AU-TNI) from 10 metres away, has been admitted into Langkawi Hospital due to the psychological trauma.

LIMA’15 consultant and emergency medicine specialist Prof Datuk Seri Dr Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah said Abu Mutalib Said, 70, witnessed one of the aircraft crashing on the houses of his two sons, Zulkeflee, 46 and Mohd Rashidi, 40 at Kampung Gelam, here, and it had traumatised him and making him delirious about the incident.

“The victim had watched a part of the aircraft falling onto his sons’ homes before bursting into flames. He is now in a serious trauma,” he said.

He said the senior citizen had been rushed to the hospital and treated for  ‘critical incident stress management’ (CISM).

“The CISM treatment includes a breathing relaxation therapy to reduce the  aggravation. He is sleeping at the moment and thankfully, he suffered no physical injuries,” he said.

He said the medical team from the emergency unit would also provide him and his family with counselling.

“He will be warded for a while for further treatment, thank goodness there was no one in the house when the incident happened,” he said.

The two Jupiter Aerobatic Team aircraft crashed during a practice session in conjunction with the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA ’15) exhibition at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) here at 2.04pm today.

The accident occurred when six KT-1B aircraft were crossing the MIEC air space before two of them collided in the air.

The two aircraft were then seen crashing outside the airport area, followed by fire and smoke.

Five aerobatic teams, including the Au-TNI, will be performing aerobatic displays during LIMA’15 exhibition, starting March 17 until March 21. – BERNAMA

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