Cessna trainer ditches in sea off Bintan

Cessna trainer ditches in sea off Bintan
A file photo of a Cessna 152 aircraft.

INDONESIA - A Cessna training plane, operated by the Flybest Academic aviation school in Batam, ditched in the sea near Ngenang Island in Bintan waters, Riau Islands, on Thursday.

A flight instructor, identified as Lidya, and her student, Nabil, were rescued by fishermen at the location of the incident.

Flybest Academic director Karin Item told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that the Cessna 152 aircraft, an American-made two-seater, manufactured in 1980, had to ditch due to technical problems.

The plane took off from Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam to carry out flight training in airspace above the Riau Islands. Air traffic control in both Hang Nadim and Haji Fisabilillah airport in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands lost contact with the aircraft shortly after.

"It wasn't a crash because the aircraft made a controlled descent into the sea due to technical problems," Karin said.

Karin added that she was studying the details of the incident report. "So, I don't know yet why they decided to ditch."

Flybest Academic has reported the incident to the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) for further investigation.

Flybest Academic, which was launched on Jan.21, 2013, issues three types of license: Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating and Private Pilot License. It has two training aircraft, a Cessna 152 and a Cessna 172, that have been used for more than 30 years. The aviation school currently has 15 students and two instructors.

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