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Funeral takes place in Malaysia for a pilot of downed MH17 flight

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 01:22

Family and fellow pilots pay final respects to one of the pilots of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Katie Sargent reports

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Pilots in their Malaysia Airlines uniforms lined up to pay their respects Tuesday to Captain Eugene Choo Jin Leong. He was one of the pilots aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. He was given full military honours for the ceremony. An urn carrying his remains was draped in the Malaysian flag. It was carried by military personnel who handed it over to his sons. His wife, along with other family members, friends and co-workers attended the somber memorial. His remains, and those of eight other Malaysians, were brought back from Amsterdam Tuesday. Fellow pilot, Captain Azlan Abu Bakar, accompanied the bodies. 9. SOUNDBITE (English) FRIEND OF OF LATE CAPTAIN EUGENE CHOO JIN LEONG, CAPTAIN AZLAN ABU BAKAR, SAYING: "The felling was horrible, all the way for twelve and the half hours from Amsterdam. It was horrible bringing my very close friend. We used to fly together, and this time we fly together again but in difference situation" Flight attendant Shahrlirwan Muhammad said he would miss his messages inviting him to breakfast. 10. SOUNDBITE (English) FRIEND OF OF LATE CAPTAIN EUGENE CHOO JIN LEONG, FLIGHT ATTENDANT, SHAHRIL IRWAN MUHAMMAD, SAYING: "Our biker friends, he's famous with this tagline whereby he always send this 'Jom motoroti'. Motoroti we know it was him, he always initiate this towards our friends to invite for breakfast. REPORTER ASKS: Will you be missing him? "very very much, he one of the best captain ever that I know." Forty-three Malaysians, including 15 crew, were among the 298 people aboard the ill-fated flight.

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Funeral takes place in Malaysia for a pilot of downed MH17 flight

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 01:22