Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Indonesian Hawk crashes near Pekanbaru; pilot unhurt

A Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indonesian Air Force) BAe Hawk 209 single-seat lightweight combat jet has crashed in Pasir Putih, near Pekanbaru on Indonesia's Sumatra Island this morning. The pilot, Second Lieutenant Reza Yori Prasetyo, ejected and made a safe landing as the aircraft went down during a routine training mission.

According to witnesses quoted by Indonesia's Antara News Agency, the ill-fated jet was performing "aerobatic manoeuvres, along with two other similar aircraft" when it crashed.

As the above screengrab from Indonesia's Metro TV shows, the serial number of the crashed aircraft was TT-0212. Based on the location, the aircraft will most likely have come from Skuadron Udara 12, based at Pekanbaru's Sultan Syarif Kasim II airbase.

Following the crash, the TNI-AU has grounded its remaining Hawks until the investigation into the incident has been completed.

The TNI-AU currently operates a second Hawk 109/209 Squadron, Skuadron Udara 1 at Pontianak/Supadio with a third squadron, Skuadron Udara 15 operating the Hawk 53 at Madiun/Iswahjudi.

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Note: Click on last two images for larger versions. Spotter's badge for these photos goes to xtemujin. Original photographer unknown.

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