Two KT-1B Wongbees of Indonesian Air Force team Jupiter collided on Sunday 15 March during a rehearsal for the LIMA 2015 airshow at Langkawi, Malaysia. At least two pilots were seen to eject using their parachutes. The airshow organizers report ‘four pilots’ are safe and under observation in Langkawi Hospital.
The crash happened as two aircraft collided during a cross over manoeuvre. One aircraft crashed in a wooded area, while the other one came down near houses, setting fire to one. No casualties are reported on the ground.
The Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1B Wongbee is a turboprop trainer aircraft in service in South Korea, Turkey and Indonesia. Peru has also ordered the type. The Indonesian Air Force took delivery of 17 aircraft, of which was one was already lost in a crash in 2010. Team Jupiter has been flying six KT-1s since 2008.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) will form a joint team to investigate the cause of the accident.
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Featured image: Team Jupiter. (Image © TNI-AU / Twitter)
MD Helicopters, known from the “Little Bird” helicopter based on the legendary Hughes 500 design – will debut on this year’s LIMA’15 Maritime and Aerospace event in Langkawi, Malaysia. The contribution was confirmed by Mr. Ahmad Dzuhri, Managing Director of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.
It will give the American manufacturer another opportunity to promote its newest MD 540A. The light attack helicopter has a single engine and is especially handy as a relatively low-cost solution for armed aerial escort, special operations and close air support. Among its standard weaponry are Hellfire missiles, guided rockets, 7.62 mm and .50 caliber machine guns.
The MD Helicopters family includes the twin-engine MD Explorer and other single engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E, MD530F and MD 530G. Especially the MD500 series is popular amongst law enforcement agencies in the US. Moreover, the Afghan Air Force ordered 12 new choppers based on the US Army’s OH-6 Cayuse last year plus the weaponization of all 17 MD530Fs in Afghan Air Force service.
In Asia military Defender versions of the type are in use by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and the Republic of China Navy (Taiwan).
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, including source information provided by MD Helicopters
Featured image (top): The MD530G in flight (Image © MD Helicopters)