Indonesian Super Tucano crash kills four
February 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment
TNI-AU Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano serial TT-3108 (MSN 31400184) at Tenerife North Airport, Spain during its delivery flight on September 15, 2014. The aircraft and its two crew were lost in an accident on 10 February. (Photo: Manuel EstevezR / Click on image for high resolution version)
An Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano turboprop light attack aircraft (serial TT-3108) crashed into a residential area in Malang, East Java, on the morning of 10 February, killing a pilot and a flight engineer onboard and two civilians on the ground. The aircraft was undergoing a test-flight from where it is operated by Skadron Udara 21 at Abdul Rachman Saleh Air Force Base. The pilot ejected from the aircraft but was found still strapped to his ejection seat some distance away.
The TNI-AU has in its inventory 12 Super Tucanos from an order of 16 placed in two batches in 2010 and 2014. The remaining four are to be delivered later this month.
The fleet of Super Tucanoes have been grounded while investigations are ongoing. This accident comes as the air force is still reeling from several high profile incidents in the past year, including the loss of a T-50i Golden Eagle and its two pilots at an airshow in December and the crash of a C-130 Hercules in June which killed 121 crew and passengers.
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