Crashed Indonesian F27 was practicing touch-and-go landings

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The Indonesian air force Fokker F27 that crashed into a residential area near Jakarta's Halim airport on 21 June had been practicing touch-and-go landings.

An Indonesian air force spokesman confirmed that the aircraft was on a routine training flight when the disaster occurred.

He said the crash resulted in 11 fatalities - seven military personnel aboard the aircraft and four civilians on the ground. The seven on the aircraft comprised three pilots and four technicians. The four civilians included two adults and two young children - all from the family of an air force major.

The exact cause of the incident has yet to be determined, he said. He was unable to confirm a news report that said the F27 had declared an emergency before crashing in a residential area near Jakarta's Halim airport.

A report by official news agency Antara, citing unnamed air force offers, said the F27's crew had been dealing with control issues before the crash.

The air force will conduct an investigation into the incident with a team drawn from units involved with policy, training, maintenance and operations.