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Indonesia: Air force plane crashes during training

Despite severe damage to Wong Bee KT-18, both pilots in light aircraft able to eject safely before impact

Erric Permana   | 07.12.2020
Indonesia: Air force plane crashes during training

JAKARTA, Indonesia

A light aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force crashed during a training mission in central Java on Monday.

Though Wong Bee KT-18 plane was heavily damaged, pilots Sekti Ambarwati and Krisna Nugrahawere able to safely eject before impact in the Yogyakarta region, said Indan Gilang Buldansyah, head of the Air Force Information Service.

The incident occurred at 12.50 p.m. local time (0550GMT) before the planned landing at the Adi Sutjipto Air Base, added Buldansyah.

"The two pilots managed to eject safely. The incident did not cause any casualties as the crash site is an uninhabited area," Buldansyah told Anadolu Agency.

The two pilots are currently undergoing medical examinations at a military hospital.

*Writing by Maria Elisa Hospita from Anadolu Agency's Indonesian-language service in Jakarta.

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