House destroyed in Langkawi exhibition plane crash to be rebuilt

LANGKAWI - The house that was destroyed in a plane crash during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) aerial display rehearsal will be rebuilt.

Chairman of the organiser HW Lima Sdn Bhd Vice-Admiral (Rtd) Tan Sri Abdul Wahab Nawi said the construction would start as soon as possible.

"It will be a single-storey modern house with three rooms. We'll complete the construction in a month," he told the press at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre here yesterday.

Abdul Wahab clarified that the new home was a contribution from HW Lima, and not compensation to the family.

He also witnessed the handing over of a monetary contribution of RM40,000 (S$15,000) by Indonesia's parliament deputy speaker Dr Oesman Sapta Odang on behalf of his government to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the construction of the house.

On Sunday, two of Indonesia Air Force's Jupiter aerobatic team planes clipped each other in mid-air and crashed.

One aircraft crashed into the house in Kampung Gelam while the other landed at a forest near Kampung Darat Benta, both in Kedawang. None of the residents were injured in the incident.

All four pilots ejected safely from their two-seater KT-1B Woongbi aircraft. The team decided to cancel their show, but their Air Force would still be at LIMA.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was shocked and saddened by the accident, but was grateful that the pilots were not seriously hurt.

"Thank you for wanting to participate in the aerobatic show of LIMA 2015 and I hope this will not deter you from participating in future LIMA shows," he said in his opening speech of LIMA 2015.