Indonesian army chopper crashes, 4 killed

Indonesian army chopper crashes, 4 killed

Agency News

Jakarta, Jun 6 : Four military personnel were killed and five others wounded as an army helicopter went down in Indonesia's Central Java province on Saturday, the army said. The accident occurred when the M-17 helicopter was undertaking a flight training in Kendal district's Wonorejo village, army spokesman Brigadier General Nefra Firdaus told Xinhua in a text message.

The aircraft caught fire when it was falling into the ground, and all the victims have been rushed to a nearby hospital, he said. The chopper was flying in an unstable condition and bringing smokes out just before touching the ground, and exploded, the army reported, citing an eyewitness. Three personnel jumped into a pond just before the chopper touched the ground, it said.

A preflight check was made before the flight training, suggesting that the fitness of the aircraft was good, the spokesman said. An investigation will be carried out to identify the cause of the accident, he said. (UNI)