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Three die after small plane crashes in Tangerang

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

The Jakarta Police have identified the deceased as pilot Pulung Darmawan, co-pilot Suanda, and a mechanic named Farid.

The Tecnam P2006T training plane, owned by Indonesia Flying Club, crashed near an open field in the Bumi Serpong Damai real estate just south of Jakarta at 1:43 p.m. local time (6:43 a.m. GMT).

There was a moderate rainfall intensity when the incident occurred, said Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Ade Ary Syam.

"The plane took off from Tanjung Lesung in southern Banten and headed to Pondok Cabe air base until [Air Traffic Control] lost contact at 1.43 p.m.," Ade said

The plane hit a tree before hard landing on the road and crashed into a field, the officer said.

A resident named Angga said he heard a loud bang and rushed to the scene to check.

"I thought it was a car collision but then I saw the wreckage of the plane. It was raining at that time," said Angga, who works at nearby Giant Supermarket.

It took two hours to pull the bodies under the supervision of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT).

"The first body was pulled from the debris at 2:45 p.m., followed by the second body at 4:00 p.m. and the third at 4:45 p.m.," said Desiana Kartika Bahari, the head of the Jakarta Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

She said the KNKT has sent a team to collect the debris and relocate it to the nearby Pondok Cabe air base for investigation.

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/news/three-die-after-small-plane-crashes-in-tangeran