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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Final Resting Place...FM1711


Readers...If you happen to visit 'Pusat Latihan Peperangan Khusus (PLPK)', Sg Udang Camp, don't be surprised to see a mock-up of an 'old but faithful' Nuri. Mind you, the fuselage is original...not 'pirated'. The question is...how come it landed there far away from its home base, No 10 Squadron, RMAF Kuantan? Well, here is the story...

On 10 October 1975, a Nuri  took off from No 10 Squadron, RMAF Kuantan for Sg Udang, Malacca, for a Joint Services Training (JST) at PLPK, Sg Udang Camp. It was just a routine sortie of abseiling for 'Young Officers Tactic Course', popularly known as 'YO Tac', a compulsory course for all Army officers except for Paymasters then.  I didn't attend the course when I was a Paymaster before becoming a pilot. This was the first time ever the course was conducted in PLPK. Normally, the home base of the course was PULADA, Ulu Tiram, Johore. 

 
The happy faces of young officers while waiting for their turn to abseil before the incident. (Click to magnify).  

The aircrew involved were:
  • Capt (U) Lim Aik Peng (captain), Lt (U) Senin bin Jantan (co-pilot) and Sgt Arumugam (AQM)
  • Airframe ~ FM1711
According to Senin, the abseiling area was over the trees near the shooting range. The captain was having 'control' while he had his right hand on the 'SSLs (Speed Selector Levers)' when the aircraft was in the hovering state. The SSLs have to be manned while hovering and  on take-off/landing. In the event of an emergency, they must be 'pushed' forward to give more power to the engines. (The picture illustrates the co-pilot having his  hand on the SSL on one of the manoeuvres). One student, 2nd Lt Abdul Razak of 5 Ranger, was in the process of abseiling down when suddenly no 1 engine went kaput.

Lim ordered the co-pilot '...power'. This is an 'immediate drill'. Even without the command, it is an automatic reaction for the co-pilot to do so. With only single engine functioning, the Nuri dropped vertically like a stone and landed over a tree which penetrated the floor board right up to the aircraft's 'ceiling' before collapsing on its side. I wonder what tree that was...so strong (kalah 'tongkat ali')!
The demised of FM 1711 resting on its side

The impact was so great that the co-pilot's seat belt snapped...not unbuckled. (Picture of co-pilot seat belt).  Senin was thrown out of his seat onto Lim's lap and one of his legs accidentally kicked the captain's side window and flung it out. He was just plain lucky! Had he not...إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ...Because a blade broke after hitting the trees and penetrated through the glass screen and hit his seat. All the aircrew and the students left the Nuri for safety immediately; both the pilots crawled out through the captain's side window which Senin had kicked it out. All these happened while the rotors were still turning since one engine was still functioning. After regaining their composure, after about 1 minute, Lim followed by Senin, rushed back to the aircraft to shutdown the Nuri.

Then, somebody shouted '...Where's my leg...Where's my leg'. Razak had lost his left leg when the aircraft dropped to the ground. His left leg was chopped off by a broken rotor blade. On hearing the cry of the missing leg, Lim ordered all those in the area to search for the leg. In the meantime, the ambulance arrived to pick the casualty to the hospital. The leg was later found about 100 yards from the incident area. According to Razak, his left leg was buried in Seremban.

Here is an extract of the story related by 2Lt Basri Omar (picture taken on 31 Jul 2010 in conjunction of Hari Pahlawan - courtesy of ' Panggilan Pertiwi') who was one of the students...

"...Kemalangan terjadi semasa Sortie Kedua...nasib baik saya Sortie Ketiga...dalam dok tunggu giliran - kami di maklumkan Nuri tu crashed...dan seorang Pelatih Peg Renjer Lt A Razak husin (kini Lt Kol Bersara) mengalami cedera teruk putus kaki kiri akibat direntap Rotor Blade Nuri...beliau dok tengah abseil down ketika itu...Masyaallah!"

We were briefed on the incident by our OC, Maj (U) Goh Seng Toh, when he landed from Sg Udang that night. He came to the mess, still in coloreng, to brief the Base Commander who was  then attending the Mess Night.

My last rides flying FM1711 were on 9 September 1975 from RMAF Kuantan to RMAF KL and back...
Kuantan - KL
~ Lt (U) KT Choy as the captain and F/Sgt Mano the AQM. 
~ Duration - 1:05 hr
KL - Kuantan
~ Lt (U) Sharif Abas (Capt Longhouse) and F/Sgt Mano the AQM
~ Duration - 1:10hr

Commandant PLPK, Lt Col Basri Omar, Lt Col A Razak Husin, Maj Senin and Xxx Xxxxxxx...Thank you for your contributions.


Today, 18 August 2010 at 0602 hour, I received an e-mail from a reader with an attachment of NST, dated 13 October 1975, on this incident...





 Captain Xx Xx Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx...Thank you.

10 comments:

Abah said...

Tuan,

Alhamdullillah dan syukur dapat juga menghubungi Komd PULPAK Kol XXXXXX. Beliau begitu mesra dan memberi kerjasama yang baik untuk tuan mendapatkan fakta serta foto badan Heli tsb. Semoga keakraban yang terjalin itu akan memberi faedah bersama bagi keabikan bersama. Insyaallah.

basri bin omar said...

Salam Tuan!

Tk lagi atas paparan tu...satu lagi kenangan mengusik jiwa...dalam Gambar Kanan tu ..saya no 2 dari kiri,no 4 Lt Razali Wetlook(Jlth & Skuad),Lt Aris (X RAMD-Jlth) dan Kpl Ranjer(Jlth-Iban) manakala Gambar Kiri saya no 2 dari kanan dan tengah di hadapan tu Lt Azmi(RAMD-kini Kol-Komdn PULADA)
Mengikut Mej Dato' Anizam, jlth Kdo Lt Yusof dan Lt Awie Suboh(kini Mej Jen Dato'Awie-Panglima 1 Div)..Wallahuaklam

xpara87 said...

satu daripada peristiwa yg aku lalui semasa dalam tentera.

This happened selepas hari raya tahun tu... Ltm Razak Husin by buddy semasa kursus tu...
Pada hari kejadian I was the section commsnder for that sortie, 1st student to abseil, followed by LTm Azman ( RAMD), Razak was 3rd person to do so....(Ranger, 11 MTA, Seremban)

"Berpantang maut sebelum ajal"

Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara Abah,

Terima kasih. Saya telah menghantar coretan ini melalui e-mel kepada Komandan.

Saudara Basri,

Terima kasih kembali diatas sumbangan gambar & catatan. Saya akan menulis semula dalam bahasa Melayu untuk "Koleksi Pengalaman". Sepertimana yang saya sms, apa kata anda menghubungi Dato' Jamil untuk menceritakan pengalaman beliau ketika episod 'Red Army' di bangunan AIA untuk koleksi tersebut.

Saudara xpara87,

Terima kasih. Saya rasa arwah Lt M Razak Hussin, 8 RMR? yang anda maksudkan tu squad saya. Arwah terkorban kena ambush di Sarawak. Dianugerah SP. Mengapa tidak berkongsi pengalaman anda dengan kita semua?
Terima kasih

basri bin omar said...

Salam Tuan & Xpara87!

Tk kembali ..dah maklum Dato'Jamil terkini masih belum dapat respon...(PA nahe kot).

Sdr xpara87.
Mohon hubungi saya di talian 017-2050119.Tk.Salam

Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara Basri,

Terima kasih.

Anonymous said...

Saudara Nor Ibrahim,
saya telah baca coretan yang dipaparkan I have no comment. Its an excellent job done. Thank you for highlighting the unfortunate event. Its a tragic loss for the young Lt Razak then.
Sorry for not responding earlier.
Anyway its good to have it rewritten as my children and sons in law gets the oppotunity to read them.
It was quite an experience for all of us involved but we that did not stop us to fly again as we have duties to perform...demi Negara yang tercinta.

Thank you once again ....we appreciate your gesture and hope to meet up with you and the rest of our comrades in time to come.

salam to yr wife

Mej (B) Senin Jantan

Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara Senin,

Terima kasih. Hantarlah gambar boleh diselitkan dalam coretan tersebut. Ianya menjadi bahan untuk "Koleksi Pengalaman" nanti, InsyaAllah. Saya ada menghubungi No 7 Skn untuk mendapatkan cerita, gambar pun tak apa, tapi tiada sebarang respons. Mungkin anda boleh ceritakan pengalaman ketika menjawat Ketua No 7 Skn. Coretan saya berkisar No 3, No 5 & No 10 Skn, tiada peranan No 7 Skn padahal skn tersebut banyak terlibat dalam ops menentang KP di Sarawak.

Anonymous said...

salam tuan...
Bangkai pesawat FM1711 ini pernah menjadi tempat permainan saya dan adik2 semasa kecil dulu semasa mengikuti ayah ke tempat kerjanya di Pusat Latihan Peperangan Khas sungai udang Melaka.

Abah saya ada ceritakan kemalangan ini berlaku.

Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara Anon,

Tempat permainan yang begitu mahal...berjuta-juta RM!!!