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Indonesia’s tactical lift aircraft sustains gunfire damage in mission over Papua

24 March 2020
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An Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) C295 tactical military transport aircraft has sustained damage from suspected hostile gunfire while it was on a mission in the country's restive Papua province.

These damages were noticed across the aircraft's fuselage after it landed at Oksibil Airport in Papua's Pegunungan Bintang regency on 23 March, said Air Vice Marshall Tri Bowo, commander of the Silas Papare Airbase, on the same day.

The TNI-AU believes that the aircraft, with registration number A-2909, encountered hostile gunfire while it was approaching the airport for landing. An initial examination of the damages indicated that they had been caused by 5.56 mm rounds discharged from at least one M-16 assault rifle, said AVM Tri Bowo in an interview carried out by Indonesian state news agency Antara .

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