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Indonesian Pilot Parachutes On To Roof As Fighter Jet Crashes

The pilot, who was injured in the incident, has been taken to hospital for an examination. 

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An Indonesian air force pilot has ejected and parachuted on to the roof of a house on Sumatra island as their aircraft crashed during a routine training mission.

An Indonesian air force spokesman said the pilot was on a solo flight when the British-built Hawk 200 fighter jet went down into a residential housing complex in Pekanburu.

The pilot, who was injured in the incident, has been taken to hospital for an examination. 

The spokesman said there were no casualties on the ground and the crash, which happened around three miles from the Rusmin Nuryadin air force base, was under investigation. 

A resident, whose home is roughly 100 metres from the crash site, told local television channel Kompas TV he saw flames coming from the jet as it flew very low, before crashing into an empty two-storey house. 

“The explosions and blazing from the crash made all the residents run away in fear,” the witness said.

It comes after an Indonesian army helicopter crash on 6 June which killed five of the 9 troops on board.

The Indonesian military, which is subject to low funding, has regularly suffered plane and helicopter crashes.