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2 dead in Indonesian air show crash after failed manoeuvre

Published on Sep 29, 2012 3:43 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - A light aircraft burst into flames after hitting a building during an air show in Indonesia on Saturday, killing both the pilots, the transport ministry said.

Television footage showed a thick plume of smoke rising from the crash site in Bandung in western Java, where the air show was held to commemorate the city's 202nd anniversary.

"A Cessna 202 plane lost altitude during a manoeuvre and crashed into a building at 11:37 am (12:37pm Singapore time) with two pilots on board, who were both killed instantly," transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told AFP.

Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and is in the process of updating its ageing military aircraft and equipment, procuring Russian and American warplanes, boats for its navy and parts for its transport planes.

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