Pilots Safe – Two Aircraft Collide and Crash at LIMA 2015

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Jupiter Aerobatic Team Crash - LIMA 2015 (@airlivenet)
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Four pilots have been found safe after two aircraft collided and crashed during practice at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA 2015) in Malaysia. The pilots and aircraft were part of the Jupiter aerobatics team, Indonesia’s Air Force aerobatic display team. The team performs with six Korean-built KT-1B Woongbi trainer aircraft that closely resemble the Tucano and the T-6A Texan II. Their performance was in preparation for the biannual trade show and exhibition, which is one of the largest in the Asia-Pacific region and is scheduled for March 17-21 this year.

Video from the scene shows two of the team aircraft performing opposing passes; they appear to clip each other on the back side of an opposing 360 degree turn. Both aircraft begin dropping, with one trailing flames as it heads for the jungle outside the airport perimeter. Other photos from the scene show parachutes descending after the pilots successfully ejected. Rescue and fire crews were dispatched from the airport to locate the pilots and put out the fire started by the crash. The four pilots, Arief Hartono, Sri Rahardjo, H.S Romas and Hunaidi Syarif Romas, were taken to the local hospital with only minor injuries, but remain under observation as a precaution. Two houses on the ground sustained significant damage from the fire.

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