Indonesian military plane crashes, two pilots killed: Reports

Two pilots were killed when an Indonesian military plane crashed in central Java, local media reported.
Two pilots were killed when an Indonesian military plane crashed in central Java, local media reported. PHOTO: RIEFQI MUNA/TWITTER

JAKARTA (AFP) - Two pilots were killed on Sunday (Dec 20) when an Indonesian military plane crashed in central Java, local media reported.

Video circulating on social media showed a fighter plane performing manoeuvres in the skies above Yogyakarta before spiralling toward the ground at speed and disappearing from view.

Seconds later a thick, dark plume of smoke rose beyond the horizon, as people in the video can be heard screaming.

Indonesian air force spokesman Dwi Badarmanto confirmed a T-50 Golden Eagle fighter plane had crashed during a demonstration.

"Two pilots died," he told news website Detik.

It remains unclear if anyone on the ground was killed or injured.

A major military air show had been underway this weekend in Yogyakarta.

In June, a Hercules C-130 crashed into a residential neighbourhood in Medan, the largest city on Sumatra island, killing 142 people and causing widespread destruction.