Update 2: Nine Killed in Indonesian Military Plane Crash

By webadmin on 04:35 pm Jun 21, 2012
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An Indonesian military aircraft crashed into a military housing complex in Jakarta on Thursday, killing nine people, including six of the seven crew members on board.

Indonesian Air Force spokesman Asman Yunus said earlier in the day that the six crew members died, but kompas.com reported that three civilians, including a child, died when the plane crashed into their house.

The Indonesian news portal reported that all nine victims were rushed to the nearby Esnawati Antariksa Hospital. A list of names has been displayed outside the hospital’s funeral parlor.

The Fokker 27 crashed into eight houses in the Rajawali housing complex within the Halim Perdanakusuma military airport compound at 2:45 p.m. after taking off from the same airport at 1:10 p.m.

“The plane carried seven people: the pilot, the co-pilot, an aviation student and four crew members,” TNI spokesman First Adm. Iskandar Sitompul said.
He said the seven passengers were pilot Maj. Herry, co-pilot First Lt. Paulus, student Second Lt. Syahroni, Capt. Agus Haryadi, Maj. Sgt. Sipu Mulanto, First Sgt. Mulyadi and First Sgt. Purwanto.

Kompas.com earlier reported that Paulus was the only survivor, but that he was in a critical condition.

“The plane crashed on eight houses,” Indonesian Air Force spokesman First Marshall Asman Yunus told Metro TV, which showed footage of houses ablaze and what appeared to be the plane’s wing sticking out from the roof of a brick house.

Yunus said the injured crew member had been taken to the hospital and added that the military would look into the cause of the crash.

Indonesia has one of the world’s poorest aviation safety records, and military aircraft crashes are relatively common.

In early May, a Russian Sukhoi jet on a promotional demonstration flight slammed into a dormant volcano in West Java, killing all 45 aboard.

A New Zealand pilot and two Indonesians were killed in March after a helicopter chartered by the Indonesian arm of US mining company Freeport-McMoRan crashed in remote Papua province.

Indonesia is in the process of updating its ageing military aircraft and equipment, procuring Russian and American warplanes, boats for its navy and parts for its transport planes.