An Indonesian Air Force BAE Systems Hawk 200 fighter crashed on Monday during a routine training flight. The crash occurred in the Raiu province, in the west of the country. It is currently unknown if anyone has been seriously injured in the incident.
It is believed that the pilot successfully ejected from the aircraft, which crashed in a residential area. Since the incident, the pilot has been named as First Lt. Apriyanto Ismai by the Indonesian Air Force.
A local resident told local media; “The plane crashed at the house of a resident, Markun. We don’t know if there were victims. The house is empty, the owner is rarely at home.”
Another stated; “Yes, a plane crashed about 500 meters from my house. The accident happened at around 8.30 in the morning.”
It is unknown what caused the crash at this time. What is known is the aircraft took off from Roesmin Nurjadin airbase, which is around five kilometers from the crash site.
The Hawk 200 is a fighter development of the Hawk advanced jet trainer. Indonesia purchased 32 aircraft, with 23 being operational before today’s crash of serial TT-0209.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception