Wed, Jul 25, 2007
Action Follows Fatal Accident
In response to a fatal accident Monday, the Indonesian Air Force
has grounded its remaining six OV-10 Bronco light attack
"All the Broncos will be grounded until we know the cause of the
accident," Air Force Chief Air Marshall Herman Prayitno told
One of the Broncos went down shortly after taking off from the
Abdurahman Saleh Airport on a routine training flight Monday in the
East Java town of Malang killing one of the two pilots, according
to China Xinhua News.
"I heard an explosion before seeing one person jump out using a
parachute," said a witness who identified himself as Gimin. "The
plane then exploded again twice before falling to the ground."
Local media reports engine failure as being the cause of the
When asked if the Broncos would be replaced, Prayitno said "yes,
there is such a plan."
This is the second accident involving the Indonesian Air Force's
Broncos. The previous one also went down in Malang and was said to
have been due to bad weather.
Only a handful of countries still use the 1960s era,
US-developed turboprops as part of their active fleets.
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