SEPANG, Jul 18 – More than 200 family members and friends of the crew of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 gathered at a private remembrance ceremony at the Flight Management Building of KL International Airport here today. The event, organised by Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), was also attended by the national carrier’s employees in honour and memory of the 15 crew who perished in the 2014 tragedy.
The crew were among the 298 people on board the Boeing 777 aircraft which was shot down while flying to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17, 2014. MAB chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof said at the event that it was an occasion to strengthen bonds of friendship between families and friends of MAB.
Also present were MAB Group chief executive officer Peter Bellew, former Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya and MAB board members and top officials. At the event, the family of each crew was presented a stalk of pink rose, a gift box with a golden ribbon and Aidilfitri goodies.
Md Nor said their thoughts and prayers go out to the crew and passengers of MH17 and their family members. He said it was a really sad and tragic event. Besides a presentation of slides of the air disaster and the crew members, each of the crew members’ names was read out by Md Nor who described them as people who had been loving, dedicated to and focused on their jobs, and jovial.
When met by reporters after the event, Sharifah Asma’a Syed Alwi Al Junied, widow of Flight MH17 first officer Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi said she was thankful to MAB for having organised the gathering, even after the passing of two years. She said this is something very close to their hearts and very meaningful as the perished crew are remembered even after two years.
Flight MH17 Captain Wan Amran Wan Hussin’s younger brother Wan Ahmad Khairul had also attended the gathering. In additional, Stewardess Mastura Mustafa’s father Mustafa Abdul Samad said he felt sad during the presentation of the slides. — Bernama