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Missing Malaysian fighter jet's wreckage found


Kuala Lumpur, Jun 16: The wreckage of a Malaysian fighter jet which crashed a day ago was found on Friday, the air force said.

A fighter jet

The Hawk 108 fighter jet took off at 11am on Thursday and contact was lost 30 minutes later when the plane was believed to be near the border of the Malaysian states of Pahang and Terengganu.

In a statement, the air force said that the wreckage was found in a Terengganu forest. The jet's two pilots were found dead yesterday in a swampy area in in Chukai, a town in Terengganu.

"We will conduct a thorough investigation of this crash to see it from all angles," Malaysia's defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein was quoted as saying by state news agency Bernama.

There have been other recent cases of military plane incidents in Malaysia.

In December, a military Beechcraft B200T turboprop crashed in the town of Butterworth in northern Malaysia. In May last year, an air force Aermacchi MB339CM jet crashed in a small town in the rural state of Pahang but there were no casualties.


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