A Cessna 172 single-engine training aircraft operated by the Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA) with an American instructor and two student pilots crashed shortly after taking off from the Blimbing Sari airport at Banyuwangi, East Java.
Instructor Capt. Merian Z. Hagen and his two students Carl Ruwatari and Adha Balaputra suffered only minor injuries that left the aircraft upside down in a local field. A cautionary examination at the Sirit Hospital in north Bali verified the good health of the three men following the mishap, permitting them to immediately return to the BIFA campus.
The CEO of BIFA, Wiradharma Bagus Oka said the aircraft lost power shortly after take-off, adding, "after take-off at a height of around 300 feet, the engine suddenly lost power causing the Captain to take the controls and find a place for a forced landing in a rice field some three kilometers from Blimbing Sari airport."
The ill-fated flying lesson departed its north Bali base at 7:00 am local time with the accident occurring approximately one hour later.
The incident is under investigation by the National Air Safety Commission (KNKT).
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