Friday, February 15, 2013

Double Six Crash - We never forget and we will never forgive

Comment by Joseph Lakai

Double Six tragedy, plane crash that took place in Kota Kinabalu on June 6, 1976, Sabah, Malaysia, killing all passengers includes Tun Fuad Stephens, Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Chong Thien Vun, Darius Binion. Wahid Peter Andu, Dr Syed Hussein Wafa, Isak Atan, Corp. Said Mohammad and Johari Stephens including the pilot Captain Nathan Ghandi.

The main reasons behind the tragedy are volatile. Immediately after the crash there were allegations of foul play due to the political circumstances at the time.

The Australian government sent a team of four investigators to assist in finding the cause of the accident. According to preliminary investigations indicated overloading was one of the contributing factors.

However the real reason for the crash remains a mystery meanwhile the original report on the incident remains classified until today. Many questions arise whether the air crash tragedy was the result of a mechanical problem or bomb or pilot error or problematic aircraft?

According to the National Archives of Australia, the Statement of reasons under section 40(5) of the archives act 1983 ¨C Including decision on access, has been released to the government of Malaysia but they have failed to publish the report to the people of Sabah.

Why? Now, the people of Sabah want to know why the 1976 report remains classified and not allowed to be published. What makes Tun Fuad's aircraft crashed? Was there a bomb on board the plane as claimed? 

Was the accident occurred as a result of mechanical failure as dubious?

Was it due to the overloading factor or Pilot error? If not, then why the Government of Malaysia never publish any investigation reports to the public?

For these reasons, an explanation of the tragedy must be disclosed. Sabahan want and should know the truth about what was really happened on June 6, 1976. Is the death of Tun Fuad Stephens and his Cabinet members was a mishap or sabotaged or a political conspiracy?

SABAHANs have every single right to demand the present Government of Malaysia with a logical explanation. We want the government to reveal the hidden story behind the scene.

Once SAPP is voted into power this coming election, the new state government of Sabah will demand the release from the Australian government their forensic findings on the NOMAD aircraft wreckage.


The writer: Capt. Joseph Lakai is a mechanical engineer and former air force test pilot. He is also a vice chairman of SAPP Keningau


  1. Nobody knows what crashed the Australian Nomad aircraft on June 6, 1976 as it was about to land at the airport in Tanjung Aru on its return from Labuan island.

  2. Four of nine state ministers including chief minister Fuad (Donald) Stephens were among the 11 who died 44 days after their Berjaya party won state powers by defeating the United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) that had ruled for nine years. Both parties are now defunct.

  3. The mystery of the air tragedy lives on.

  4. Perhaps one day, the truth about the double six tragedy will be revealed to the people.

  5. Rest in peace, the victims of the plane crash. Justice will be restored.