What is Sabah’s Double Six Tragedy?

From Wikipedia,(modified by kinabalukini)

Tugu Peringatan double sixToday is the 33rd anniversary of Sabah Double six tragedy. What is it actually all about? The Double Six Tragedy, also known as the Double Six Crash, was a plane crash which took place on June 6, 1976 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The plane, operated by Sabah Air, coming from Labuan crashed in the sub-district of Sembulan in Kota Kinabalu upon approaching Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The crash killed everyone on board the flight, including Tun Fuad Stephens, the Chief Minister of Sabah at that time. The other passengers on the flight were State Ministers Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Chong Thien Vun, and assistant minister Darius Binion. Others who perished were the then Secretary of State for the Ministry of Finance of Sabah Datuk Wahid Peter Andau, Director of Economic Planning Unit of Sabah Dr. Syed Hussein Wafa, Isak Atan (Private Secretary to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah), Corporal Said Mohammad (bodyguard to Tun Fuad Stephens), Captain Gandhi Nathan (the pilot of the aircraft) , tun fuad’s son.

peter-mojuntin-statueThe reason behind the crash is uncertain. Immediately after the accident there were allegations of foul play because of the death of the Chief Minister, but no evidence of such has ever been found. Datuk Peter Mojuntin(36 at that time), the Golden son of Kadazans, was the father of now Sabah Finance Assistant Minister and UPKO’ s Information Officer, Y.B Donald Mojuntin. Ironically, Donald Mojuntin was probably named after Tun Donald Stephens himself, a Kadazandusun Huguan Siou at that time.

donald_mojuntin

The aircraft was an Australian designed and built Nomad.

Datuk Peter Mojuntin Biodata stoneDatuk Peter Mojuntin Monument

(Picture by Ben Godomon)

To all Sabah Leaders perish on that day ; WE Will remember YOU!

Best regards

Family, friends and supporters.

 

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