Families of victims of the “Double Six” crash contemplate legal action against Putrajaya

KOTA KINABALU – The families of three Sabah ministers who died in the “Double Six”, air crash, on June 6, 1976 are contemplating legal action for compensation.

In a joint statement issued on the eve the anniversary of the incident, the family members of former chief minister Tun Mohd. Fuad. Stephens, Datuk Peter Mojuntin, and Datuk. Salleh. Sulong, said that they wanted to acknowledge and relieve the “immense pain” suffered over the past five decades.

On Wednesday, June 5, the families of Mojuntin’s son Donald, Salleh’s daughter Kartina and Fuad’s daughter Faridah Stevens released a joint statement.

The Federal Government has not responded to their request.

The declassification report of the final crash investigation on April 12, last year, provided important insights into the crash’s circumstances. However, the reasons behind the delay remain unclear.

The delay in releasing the report has only deepened their wounds, as they are unable to move on and find closure for this tragic episode in their lives.

The families have asked the federal government for compensation, motivated by a desire to find justice and closure.

The statement stated that “unfortunately, to date, no response has been received.”

Fuad, the ministers and 11 other people were on board Nomad Aircraft 9M ATZ when it crashed into Sembulan water as the aircraft approached the runway of Kota Kinabalu Airport after a short flight to Labuan.

Every year, the state government marks the anniversary of this incident.

The families of the victims invited the entire community to come together on Wednesday, June 6, in honoring and remembering those who lost their lives in the accident 48 years ago.

“The families carry on the legacy of loved ones in their hearts and through their actions.”

The statement continued, “They are committed in seeking justice and the truth to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.”

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