Suara.com – Head of the Indonesian Air Force Information Service (Kadispenau), First Marshal R. Agung Sasongkojati, explained the weather conditions immediately before the two Super Tucano planes crashed in Pasuruan, East Java.
Agung said that initially there were four Super Tucano planes flying from Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, Malang. The four planes flew in close formation.
“When they climb, they go into the clouds, in out in out, meaning the clouds are only thin,” said Agung at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, East Newsdelivers.com, Friday (17/11/2023).
After that, Agung said that suddenly the clouds thickened very thick. This condition meant that the crew could not see each other’s aircraft positions.
“The clouds suddenly thickened so thickly that planes that were close, maybe 30 meters away, couldn’t be seen, because they were so thick, and the pilots said they were blind, they couldn’t see them,” said Agung.
Agung said that there was a condition of blindness or artificiality at that time. So each plane took a formation separating itself from each other.
When they separated, the sound of the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was heard from the two planes at different times.
“When they pulled away, an ELT sound was heard, meaning something had happened to one plane, a moment later, I don’t know how long, there was a second ELT sound,” he said.
The two planes were then reported to have managed to move away and land safely. Meanwhile, two other planes reportedly crashed and killed four TNI soldiers.
TNI Forms Investigation Team
Previously it was reported, Agung said that the Indonesian Air Force had formed an investigation team to investigate the crash of two Super Tucano planes that crashed in Pasuruan, East Java.
“The Indonesian Air Force will form an investigation team to find the cause of the crash of two planes,” said Agung in a statement received by Suara.com, Friday (17/11).
Later, the TNI will carry out an investigation by paying attention to the many factors that caused the plane crash.
“The Indonesian Air Force will conduct an investigation by looking at factors known as the 5 M’s, man, machine, medium, mission and management,” explained Agung.
Apart from that, said Agung, the Indonesian Air Force team will carry out an investigation into the fuselage after the accident, including the weather when the incident occurred.
“Inspecting all personnel involved in the flight and various other possibilities,” said Agung.
“Especially the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder which records flight data, engine data, pilot communication data and flight video until the last second is functional,” he added.
Previously, it was reported that four TNI soldiers died in the accident. Agung said the four victims were on two different planes, namely plane numbers TT-3111 and TT-3103.
“The two planes lost contact at 11.18 WIB and are thought to have had an accident,” explained Agung.
The identities of the four crew members of the Super Tucano plane crash in Pasuruan, namely Lieutenant Colonel Pnb Sandhra Gunawan (Frontseater) (TT-3111), Colonel Adm Widiono (Backseater) (TT-3111), Major Pnb Yuda A. Seta (Frontseater) (TT-3103) and Colonel Pnb Subhan (Backseater) (TT-3103).