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Jakarta Post

Engine failure could be behind Fokker crash

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 23 2012   /  08:37 am

Tragedy: In this June 21, 2012 file photo, Air Force personnel carry the coffins of victims of the ill-fated Fokker F27 that crashed in a residential area just outside the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force base in East Jakarta. The Air Force is handing over the victims’ remains to their families on Friday. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)Engine failure could have been behind the crash of the military Fokker F-27 aircraft on Thursday, which claimed 11 lives, according to an official.

Spokesman for the Indonesian Air Force, Air Commodore Azman Yunus, did not deny on Friday speculation that the failure of one of the Fokker’s two turboprop engines could have caused the incident.

“It is indeed a possibility,” he said, refusing to give more details.

Azman, however, insisted that the aircraft, which was procured by the Indonesian Air Force in 1977, had undergone regular checks and wa...