LAST_UPDATETue, 22 May 2018 11pm

Cessna 172 Crash:Victim Determined To Fly Again

The wreckage of the Royal Selangor Flying Club Cessna 172. Pix by Sairien Nafis/NSTThe wreckage of the Royal Selangor Flying Club Cessna 172. Pix by Sairien Nafis/NSTSELAYANG: Syed Haidir Syed Zulkiflee is determined to continue flying despite the accident which almost took his alive.

His father Syed Zulkiflee Syed Masron, 50 said his son remained optimistic about pursuing his dream to be a pilot.

"In fact, he can wait to be discharged and start his training again," he said, adding that he would warded for at least three more days.

He added that the family was relieved to know that Syed Haidir was safe after traumatising incident.

"We will definitely continue to standby our son to achieve his dream of being a pilot.

"Whatever gives him satisfaction, will give us utmost happiness," he told reporters at Selayang Hospital.

He added that death could happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere.

"And this risk should not be the reason why he did not pursue his dream," he said.

According to Syed Zulkiflee, the pilot was trying to avoid two eagles when the accident occurred.

Syed Haidir, the eldest of four siblings, was the co-pilot.

He has remaining 14 hours to complete his private pilot license.

The club lost communication with the Cessna at 5.15pm and started rescue operation then.

The family was informed of the incident by the Royal Selangor Club at around 8.30pm the flights whereabouts was not known then.

By Lavanya Lingan and Hashini Kavishtri Kannan /NST Online