West Sumatra air show draws general aviation pilots from Malaysia and Singapore, marred by fatal crash of aviator Colonel Zakaria
- An Eagle has fallen: Tribute to Colonel (R) Zakaria bin Salleh
- Royal Selangor Flying Club
- Flickr picture
General Aviation pilots from Malaysia and Singapore turned out in force to support an air show at West Sumatra from June 22 to 26. The Minang Aerosport Show and Exposition, at Taibing air base (WIMG), drew about 15 aircraft from Malaysia and Singapore.
During an aerobatic display on June 23 featuring three aircraft, one, a Christen Eagle biplane, N21H, piloted in a solo sequence by retired air force Colonel Zakaria bin Salleh, 57, crashed. The aircraft fell between two houses and Colonel Zakaria was extricated from the wreckage but was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital he was taken to.
A keen flyer even after he left the Malaysian air force, he was captain of the Royal Selangor Flying Club and a former president of the Malaysian Sports Aviation Federation.
The show continued after the tragic incident, albeit in a more muted fashion.
A full report on this event will be featured in the Destinations section later. Merawan thanks Captains Dawson Lee Chiaw Hwee and Teoh Thiang Heng for their contributions to this Gallery.
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