Mily plane crashes at Bandung Airport

April 6, 2009, Bandung, W Java -- A Fokker 27-03 belonging to Indonesian Air Force with 23 passengers on board crashed and burst into flames at Sastranegara airbase, in Bandung, West Java, at 1.02 p.m on Monday, airport officials said.

Yanto, an official at the operator center of Husein Sastranegara airport, when contacted by ANTARA, confirmed the incident. "It is true that a Fokker 27 of the Indonesian Air Force had crashed at the airport," he said.

He said that his side could not yet conclude the cause of the accident.
In the meantime, Commandant of Air Squadron II of the Halim Perdanakusum Airbase, Lt. Col. Donal Kasenda said he had not yet known the fate of six crew of the ill-fated Squadron 2 plane.

When contacted, he said that the airplane also carried 17 parachuters of the Air Force`s Special Force who were scheduled to undergo a jump exercise at Banddung`s Sulaeman airbase.

"Our team is now heading to Bandung to study the cause of the crash and the conditions of the plan," he said.

Four people were immediately taken to Salamun hospital in Ciumbuleit village, Bandung. They were believed to be victims of the explosion of the military aircraft. (ANTARA)

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