SHAH ALAM: Sept 2 was not only his birth date but the date Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 pilot Captain Wan Amran Wan Hussin, 50, was laid to rest.
After 48 days on foreign soil, Wan Amran’s remains was finally repatriated to Malaysia and buried at the Islamic cemetery in Section 21, here, today.
Instead of celebrating the pilot’s birthday, his colleagues gathered at the state mosque and cemetery to pay their last respects.
His colleague, Captain Nazri Ishak, said usually if one of them happened to be flying on their birthday, the cabin crew would organise a small celebration on the flight.
“We would sign a birthday card and sometimes even passengers join in too,” he said.
Sadness filled the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque this morning as family members, relatives, friends and colleagues waited for Wan Amran’s body to conduct the solat jenazah.
At 10.20am, the hearse arrived and about 50 pilots stood nearby, ready to receive the coffin carried by the pallbearers from the 8th Royal Malay Regiment (8th RMR).
Led by six of his batchmates, Wan Amran’s coffin was then carried inside the mosque followed by his family members and colleagues solemnly.
The funeral prayers (solat jenazah) were led by acting chief imam Ustaz Mohd Hatta Ahmad.
The body was later brought to the cemetery around 11.10am accompanied by Wan Amran’s wife Mariam Yusof and their two sons, Wan Yunus Uzair, 11, and Wan Yusuf Irfan, 9.
Both boys sobbed gently and often gazed sadly into the distance.
About 300 mourners, including Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, executive councillors Dr Halimah Ali, Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, Iskandar Samad, state secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi, Selangor Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar and Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan, were present to pay their respects. MYNEWSHUB/NST