Indonesia aerobatic planes collide in Malaysia

Indonesia aerobatic planes collide in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - Two airplanes of Indonesia's Jupiter aerobatics team crashed during a practice session at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) 2015 exhibition on Sunday.

In the 2pm incident, the KAI KT-1B Woongbi planes, among six aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force which carried out the practice run, were said to have grazed each other before crashing.

Fire and smoke were seen during the collision over the Langkawi International Airport.

The pilots of both planes landed safely on their parachutes after ejecting from the aircraft. They were located by Fire and Rescue Services Department staff and rushed to the Langkawi Hospital.


One of the pilots is seen on a stretcher after being rescued by firemen following the crash in Langkawi. Photo by Fire and Rescue Services Department

The wreckage of the planes were found scattered over a wide forested area at the edge of the airport. One of the planes' seat was found near to a house and at least two houses caught fire due to the crash.

An eyewitness, Markus Chong, said he saw two pilots ejected before the planes crashed.

"Two in mid-air collision from Jupiter Aerobatic Team. Both pilots ejected. Hopefully no injuries on ground," he posted on Facebook.

It is learnt that all practices and aerial displays were halted immediately as search and rescue helicopters were deployed to find the missing pilots.

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