Indonesian Air Force Plane Crashes Into a House, Three Dead

A plane belonging to Indonesian Air Force crashed into a house that killed the pilot and two people in the house.

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Rescuers carry a part of Indonesian Air Force plane which crashed into a house in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. (Photo: AP)

An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the country’s main island of Java on Wednesday, killing the pilot and two people in the house, a senior official said. A second person on the plane was missing.

The plane was on a routine maintenance flight when it crashed near Abdul Rahman Saleh air force base in Malang, a hilly town in East Java province, said air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna.

The pilot and a technician on the Brazilian-made Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano plane ejected before it crashed. The pilot was found dead near a rice field about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from his parachute, while the technician was still missing.
Agus Supriatna, Chief Air Marshal, Indonesian Air Force

Air force officials had previously said that both people on the plane died instantly. They said a man and a woman living in the house died while being treated at a hospital.

A neighbour who witnessed the crash, Slamet, told MetroTV that the plane appeared to be nose-diving out of control with smoke billowing from its tail when it crashed.

The light attack aircraft is one of 16 bought by the air force in 2013.

Malang is 850 kilometers (530 miles) east of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.

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