MALACCA - The son of Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nancy Shukri, who escaped unscathed from an aircraft crash on Tuesday night in the Straits of Malacca, thanked his lucky stars for being alive.
The 27-year-old Faeroz Kamil, who was the co-pilot of the Piper PA-28 aircraft, said he did not panic and was holding to his principle of flight that he should stay calm during a disaster.
Faeroz said he was not wearing a life jacket during the incident and he flashed his beacon light to attract a congregation performing terawih prayers at Masjid Selat in Pulau Melaka.
"I was trying to stay afloat close to the wreckage. I was rescued by personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department at about 9.30pm," he said yesterday.
Faeroz and his female co-pilot Sharon Yee, 27, along with trainee pilot Soh Hsein Shoong, 22, survived the crash.
The plane they were in took off from Batu Berendam International Airport for a routine flight training session at 7.30pm.
Forty minutes into the flight, the young pilots made a Mayday call to the control tower.
The plane was believed to have encountered engine malfunction mid-air before it crashed into the Straits of Malacca.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Salehhudin Ad Rahman said the search for the wreckage was ongoing along a 6km beach stretch with the deployment of a helicopter and four boats in the operation.
Meanwhile, in Petaling Jaya, Nancy expressed her heartfelt thanks to those who saved her son, Yee and Soh.