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Air Force denies blocking Prabowo plane

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /  06:20 pm
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Seeking support: Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto greets his supporters during a mass campaign event at the Delta Sports Stadium in Sidoarjo, East Java, recently.(Antara/Umarul Faruq )

The Air Force has issued a statement denying that it stopped a plane carrying Gerindra Party chairman and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto from taking off from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta. "[The aborted take-off] was because of safety concerns and had absolutely nothing to do with Sukhoi [fighter jets]," Air Force spokesperson Air Cdre. Novyan Samyoga said in a statement on Thursday. Retired Army general and Prabowo supporter Johannes Suryo Prabowo (not related) was the first to post the accusation on his Twitter account, @marierteman, on Wednesday. "On its way to Purwokerto [on April 1], the plane carrying Prabowo had to abort its take-off because three fighter jets had passed in front of it," he said. "A formal report and CVR [Cabin Voice Recorder] will be submitted to the air transport director general." In a subsequent ...