Pilots safe but both planes in crash lost, says Lima organiser

Pilots safe but both planes in crash lost, says Lima organiser

PETALING JAYA - Four pilots from the Indonesian Air Force Jupiter aerobatic team involved in a mid-air collision at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2015 on Sunday are reported to be safe.

In a statement, event organisers HW Lima said the pilots ejected successfully and are currently under observation in Langkawi Hospital.

The two aircraft clipped each other's wings during an aerobatics rehearsal for the upcoming Lima 2015.

The aircraft, which were among six KT-1B Wong Bee planes brought in by the Indonesian team, were lost in the incident.

A house and a parked car caught fire after being hit by falling debris from the mid-air collision. The house-owner was not at home at the time of the incident and no other bystanders were hurt.

A search and rescue mission headed by he Royal Malaysian Air Force responded within minutes and successfully rescued the pilots in Kedawang, about 11.3km away from the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre.

The Indonesian Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Air Force have formed a joint team to investigate the incident.

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