Two Pilots Killed in Air Show Crash

BANDUNG

A plane crashed while performing acrobatic maneuvers at the Bandung Air Show (BAS) 2012 at the Husein Sastranegara airbase here on Saturday, killing its pilot and co-pilot.

The plane burst into flames after crashing north of the air show, the airbase’s commander, Colonel Umar Sugeng, said.

The pilot, identified as Air Commodore (ret) Noorman T Lubis, along with co-pilot Colonel (ret) Tonny Hartono, died due to their serious injuries, Sugeng said.

He noted the two airmen were experienced in flying the plane, a Bravo 202.

“Both of them were airmen. They routinely flew the plane on Saturdays and Sundays and were members of FASI (Indonesian Aerosport Federation). The maneuver was part of BAS 2012,” he said.

“A rescue team arrived on the scene two minutes after the crash and a SAR team arrived there seven minutes later. But the two airmen could not be rescued and died on the scene,” he added.

The Swiss-made piston plane had been used to train Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) airmen before it was transferred to FASI.

The cause of the plane crash is still unknown.

Umar said a team of personnel from the Air Force and Aerosport Federation will look into the cause of the crash.

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