Plane Crash Leaves Two Dead
BANDA ACEH ~ Two people were killed and another two critically injured when a light navy plane crashed in Aceh province, an official and reports said.
The Nomad aircraft crashed on Weh island, north off the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, shortly after it took off at 11:00am on Sunday, the local mayor said.
Navy spokesman Iskandar Sitompul told ElShinta radio the aircraft suffered engine trouble 15 minutes after taking off and decided to return to Sabang. He said the exact cause of the crash was not yet known.
“Bad weather later forced them to make an emergency landing about 200 meters off shore, east of Weh island. Because of the crash, two people died in hospital, and another two are now being treated for their injuries,” said Sitompul.
He said the pilot, co-pilot and Sabang navy base commander Major Suwito were missing.
Navy and police launched rescue teams to find three other missing passengers. Three navy ships and a patrol boat were combing the crash area for the three missing navy officers.Filed under: The Nation