Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Indonesian Air Force Information Department, Vice Marshal R. Agung Sasongkojati, underscored the need for further study into the investigation process regarding the Super Tucano plane crash in November 2023.

"Almost all debris from Super Tucano can be recovered. However, the investigation regarding the cause of the crash is still ongoing and requires further study," he remarked at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, Jakarta, Friday.

Sasongkojati said his side had formed an investigation team to conduct physical examinations and investigate other instruments, such as flight data recorders.

He admitted that the investigation process of the Super Tucano crash took quite a long time with a tentative timeline.

"I think there is no time limit because it depends on the investigation. If there is a lot to investigate, it will certainly take time," Sasongkojati stated.

Speaking in connection with plans to involve the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), he stated that the Indonesian Air Force would still see the progress in investigation.

"Based on our Chief of Staff's direction, we will involve other parties if necessary. Currently, there is no direct involvement with the KNKT. However, if later, we need help, we will ask for help from the KNKT," he stated.

Air Force's two Super Tucano tactical fighter aircraft crashed on the slopes of Mount Bromo in Pasuruan District, East Java, on November 16 during a formation training proficiency session with the other two Super Tucano fighter aircraft.

The investigation team from the Indonesian Air Force Airworthiness and Flight Safety Center along with the Abdulrachman Saleh Malang Air Base Engineering Squadron managed to arrive at the crash site the day after.

The crash of the two planes, bearing registration numbers TT-3111 and TT-3103, killed four personnel: Air Commodore (Posthumous) Subhan, Air Commodore (Posthumous) Widiono Hadiwijaya, Colonel (Posthumous) Sandhra Gunawan, and Lieutenant Colonel (Posthumous) Yuda A. Seta.

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