Indonesia: Investigation under way after Air Force training aircraft skids off runway in East Java


A filepic of an Indonesian Air Force T-50i Golden Eagle jet fighter on the runway of Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force base in East Jakarta on Oct. 5, 2019. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

JAKARTA, Aug 11 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): The Indonesian Air Force on Tuesday has launched a probe into an accident of a T-50 Golden Eagle jet fighter that skidded off the runway during a training course at Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, on Monday (Aug 10).

No casualties were reported.

An Air Force instructor and a cadet pilot who was piloting the aircraft suffered minor injuries in the accident, Air Force spokesperson Air Commodore Fajar Adriyanto said.

"(The aircraft) sustained significant damage," Fajar said on Monday without elaborating further on the matter.

'We'll find the cause of (the incident) through the investigation," he added.

The accident happened at around 1pm on Monday when the South Korean-made jet fighter trainer, belonging to the Indonesian Air Force, was used for a routine training exercise.

The aircraft skidded off the runway during take-off. At that time, the cadet was sitting in front while the instructor was sitting behind, and both managed to get out of the aircraft afterward, Fajar said.

"They are currently receiving treatment at hospital," he added.

Less than two months earlier, an Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter crashed on June 15 in a residential area of Kampar regency in Riau.

At least two houses were damaged and no fatalities were reported. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network
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