Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Indonesian Air Force Plane Crashed in Bandung, Killed 24
This is the headline of Tribun Jabar, one of Bandung's most prominent newspapers today. It reads "Fokker 27 with 24 Marines Hits Hangar and Explodes, Deadly Moments at Husein Sastranegara Airport."
The terrible accident happened at 13:06 hours yesterday at Husein Sastranegara Airport and Air Force Base in Bandung. Here is the chronology of the accident according to Tribun Jabar:
08:40 - The training aircraft Fokker-27 Troopship left Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airforce Base.
09:00 - The aircraft landed at Husein Sastranegara Airbase.
09:00 - Session one of the orientation for diving mission began.
12:36 - The aircraft took off for the second session of diving mission training.
12:58 - Pilot decided to turn back and land the aircraft at Husein Sastranegara because of bad weather.
13:04 - The plane tilted and hit the hangar of PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI, Indonesian aircraft manufacturer) and exploded. Two aircrafts parked in the hangar (for maintenance), i.e. Deraya Air MC 212200 and Batavia Air's Boeing 737 were hit. Two other aircrafts, Adam Air's Boeing 737 and PTDI's CN235 were not hit.
My deepest condolences for the families of the victims.