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Three confirmed died in Indonesian air force jet crash

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 15:40, February 10, 2016

JAKARTA, Feb. 10 -- Three people were confirmed dead when an Indonesian air force jet crashed from mid-air into a housing area in East Java's Malang on Wednesday morning.

The pilot, Major Ifi Safatilah, and a flight engineer, Saiful, died instantly as they reportedly ejected themselves out of the Super Tucano aircraft which crashed into a house at around 10 a.m., said Major Hamdi Londong, spokesman for the Abdul Rahman Saleh air force base.

A woman, who has been identified as Erna Wahyuningtyas and was in the house when the Brazilian-made jet crashed, didn't survive the injuries despite being taken to a hospital in Malang city, a local media also reported.

The deadly incident occurred during a flight test following routine maintenance on the aircraft. It crashed when it was coming down close to the base in Malang city.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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