Indonesia withdraws aerobatic team from Langkawi airshow after mishap

Indonesia withdraws aerobatic team from Langkawi airshow after mishap

PULAU LANGKAWI - The Indonesian Air Force's Jupiter Aerobatic Team will withdraw from participating in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2015 Tuesday.

First Marshall Indra Yadi said his superior had ordered the team to withdraw from the biannual event following a mishap during the aerial display rehearsal here Sunday.

"The Indonesian Air Force will still be here for the event. Only the Jupiter Aerobatic Team will head back to Indonesia.

"Accidents can happen anywhere and anytime. This incident does not dampen our spirits in flying.

"We feel terribly sorry for the owner of the house that our plane landed on. It was something beyond our control," he said when met at the Langkawi hospital Monday afternoon.

Indra was an observer from the Indonesian Air Force who flew with the pilot during the rehearsal.

Langkawi Hospital director Dr Mansor Ismail said Indra, Lt Col Arief Hartono, 44, Major Sri Raharjo, 37 and Major Muhaidi Syarif, 37, were allowed to be discharged Monday.

At around 2pm yesterday, two KT-1B Wong Bee aircraft belonging to the Jupiter Acrobatic Team of the Indonesian Air Force crashed in a fiery end after the two aircraft clipped wings during the aerial display rehearsals.

The two pilots and their two passengers managed to eject their seats before the crash.

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