Friday, June 22, 2012

Military plane crashes into Jakarta homes; 10 die


Military training aircraft Fokker 27, which fell on the settlements (Photo: Associated Press)


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane slammed into a military housing complex and ignited a huge fireball yestersday while trying to land in Jakarta, killing all seven people aboard as well as two toddlers and their nanny in a home.

The pilot, co-pilot and five trainees aboard the Fokker F-27 were on a routine training flight when it crashed into houses in a neighbourhood about 1.5 kilometres (nearly a mile) from the runway where it was trying to land, Indonesian military spokesmen said.

Raging orange flames jumped several metres into the air and a huge column of black smoke billowed over the eight homes damaged in the crash in eastern Jakarta.

Twelve people were injured, two of them critically.

"I could hardly believe my eyes. There was a military plane that crashed and hit the houses!" said Hendra, a resident of the air force complex who goes by only one name. "At once, the situation turned into chaos. All the residents fled in panic. Women and children were screaming hysterically."

He said he helped at least five injured people, mostly with burns, to a nearby air force hospital.

Six of the people aboard the plane died instantly, and the co-pilot died later while being treated at a hospital, air force spokesman Rear Adm. Azman Yunus said.

The plane broke into two parts as it ripped through the houses and plummeted to the ground, said air force spokesman Col. Agus Sasongko Jati. The three people killed on the ground were two children in one of the houses, aged two and six, and a woman who worked as their caretaker, he added.

The aircraft, which was built in 1958 and has been used by Indonesia's air force for the past 35 years with 14,900 flight hours, was declared airworthy before it took off for its second training flight of the day under clear skies, he said.

"It seemed that the pilot was trying to land on a nearby paddy field," Jati told The Associated Press. "But it was not clear whether it was because of an emergency."
Air Force training aircraft - Fokker 27 (photo: via detik.com)
The roll before the plane crashed (photo: via lensaindonesia.com)

A running text on TVOne said the black boxes of the ill-fated plane have been discovered, but Jati did not confirm.

Rescuers halted searching until tomorrow for more possible victims among the charred rubble of the burning houses, and a number of ambulances were parked inside the air force's Rajawali Complex.

The crash comes after a Russian Sukhoi passenger jet crashed last month into an Indonesian volcano during a demonstration flight for potential buyers, killing all 45 people aboard.

Here are the names of dead:
  1. Major (Airmen) Heri Setiawan;
  2. Lieutenant (Airmen) Adi Paul Carey;
  3. Second Lieutenant (Airmen) Syahroni Ahmad died in hospital at 18:30 pm;
  4. Captain (Technical) Agus SW;
  5. Sergeant Major Sihmulato;
  6. Master Sergeant Wahyudi;
  7. Sergeant Purwo Adianto.

Three civilian casualties:
  1. Martha (67 years), mother of Major (administration of) John Andi Sosang;
  2. Brian (7 years), son of Major (administration of) John Andi Sosang;
  3. Melvin (1 year), nephew of Mayor (administration of) John Andi Sosangko.



Indonesian version: Catatan verry Kusral



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