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Not a Happy Landing

Bali International Flight Academy Training Aircraft Crashes in North Bali

(8/5/2012) A training aircraft from the Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA) crashed into a private home near the Letkol Wisnu Airfield in Buleleng, North Bali on Sunday, August 5, 2012.



The Cessna 172 aircraft with registration number PK ROI crashed while in a landing pattern at about 2:00 pm with two student pilots onboard. The students were on a cross-country training flight and returning to base at the time of the accident.

The BIFA students at the dual controls of the aircraft were pilot Rizky Rahmadhani (23) co-pilot Budi Alovo (26). Both men survived the crash and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their injuries were reportedly limited to minor cuts and abrasions with both men released from the hospital after receiving medical treatment.

According to Radar Bali and the Bali Post, the aircraft was flying too low in a landing pattern preparatory to landing when it clipped a treetop and crashed into the yard of a local home.

A team of investigators from the National Committee for Transportation Safety (KNKT) has been dispatched to the location of the crash to determine the cause of the crash.