[VIDEO] 2 Aerobatic Aircraft Crash Into Each Other During Practice Session In Langkawi
Indonesian pilots in LIMA crash suffer from backbone injuries yet remain in high spirits
The Rakyat Post reports that two of the Indonesian pilots, Arief Hartono and Yadi Indra Yadi are believed to have fractured their vertebrae's at the thoracic and lumbar region, while the other two, Humaidi Syarif Romos and Sri Rojoro suffer from soft tissue injuries and slight burn wounds.
“Two of the six KT–1B Wong Bee aircraft were involved in the mishap, resulting in the loss of both the aircraft,” the statement from exhibition organisers HW Lima Sdn Bhd read.
However, all four pilots ejected successfully and are now under observation at Langkawi Hospital.
“The Search and Rescue (SAR) team headed by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) was on hand within minutes of the incident and successfully located the pilots in Kedawang, approximately 11.3km away from the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC).”
"Let the show go on," the pilots told Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said although the group of pilots was involved in an accident today, they were still eager to continue with the show.
"I am thankful that all of them survived. Thank God, they (the Jupiter pilot group) remain vibrant. Their morale is high," he told reporters at the Langkawi District Hospital today.
Meanwhile, a 70-year-old man who saw the plane crashing into his sons' houses is in serious psychological trauma
A senior citizen who witnessed a plane involved in a mid-air collision crashing into his sons' houses has been admitted into Langkawi Hospital due to psychological trauma.thestar.com.my
Abu Mutalib Said, 70, was 10 metres away from his sons' houses at Kampung Gelam here, when one of two Indonesian Air Force Jupiter Aerobatic Team aircraft crashed into them.
His sons, Zulkeflee, 46 and Mohd Rashidi, 40, were not in their houses at the time.
Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) 2015 consultant and emergency medicine specialist Prof Datuk Seri Dr Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah said Abu Mutalib was traumatised and delirious after the incident.
"The victim watched a part of the aircraft falling onto his sons' homes before bursting into flames. He is now in a serious trauma," he said.
15 March: Two KT-1B aircraft of Indonesia's Jupiter aerobatics team crashed during a practice session at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2015 exhibition, at 2pm Sunday.
Both the planes were said to have grazed each other before crashing. According to the Star Online, plumes of smoke were seen in the crash site near the Langkawi International Airport.
However, the pilots of both planes had activated their parachutes and landed safely on ground. They were located by Fire and Rescue Services Department and rushed to the Langkawi Hospital.
One of the pilots is seen being taken away on a stretcher
The wreckage of the planes were found scattered over a wide forested area at the edge of the airport. One of the planes' seat was found near to a house, the Star Online reported.
All practices and aerial displays were halted immediately as SAR helicopters were deployed to find the missing pilots. This YouTube video captured the exact moment the planes crashed: