Indonesian Crop Duster Crash

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
By George Hatcher


Photographer Brian G Nichols

On May 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. a PT Sinar Mas Super Air Pacific Aerospace Fletcher FU24-950 crashed three minutes after takeoff from North Rawajitu Indonesia. The pilot, Muhammad Adipura, 47, a Bogor of West Java died in the crash. It is believed he died at the scene, but his body was taken to Menggala Hospital in Tulang Bawang regency, then to the Lampung capital of Bandar Lampung for autopsy.

The owner of the plane is PT Sumber Indah Perkasa. The airplane was used to spray fertilizer on oil palm plantations. The plantation, PT SIP often uses planes to distribute fertilizer, as do most of the large farms in the area.

The plane did not damage any residential property, crashing near the outskirts of Sidang Gunung Tiga village. The head man of the village saw the crash and said the weather was fine at the time, and there was no rain or wind.

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