Pilot ejects safely as Indonesian fighter jet crashes

Baku, June 16, AZERTAC

An Indonesian air force fighter jet crashed during a training mission on Sumatra island on Monday, injuring the pilot, who was able to eject to safety, according to The Associated Press.

The pilot was on a solo flight following a routine training mission when the British-built Hawk 200 went down into a residential housing complex in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province, said Indonesian air force spokesman Fajar Adriyanto. He said in a statement that the cause of the crash, which happened about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Pekanbaru’s Rusmin Nuryadin air force base, was under investigation.

The pilot, who ejected and parachuted to safety and landed on the roof of a house, was taken to a hospital for examination, Adriyanto said. He said the crash did not cause any casualties on the ground.

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