Hours after a close shave incident involving Merpati Nusantara Airline’s MA-60 airliner (here), a Hughes 300 basic training helicopters currently operated by TNI-AD’s PUSDIK PENERBAD had crashed on the runway of Ahmad Yani AAB near Semarang while hovering its way to its hangar. Both occupant, the student pilot and his instructor were injured as a result of the incident.
It has been reported that the helicopter has suffered serious damages due to the incident which occurred at 0830H local time.
PENERBAD, on April 16, 2012 has ordered two Sikorsky S-300C (also known as the Schweizer/Hughes 300) helicopter to supplement its six similar examples the unit currently operates. (here)
On March 7, 2009, a Schweizer/Hughes H-300C helicopter operated by PUSDIK PENERBAD piloted by Letda (2Lt) Ryan Akhmad and Mayor (Major) Agus Supyarogi was written off after it had crashed into a prawn pond at Tugujero, Semarang.
Both pilots were injured in the incident which occurred at around 0730H local time.