JAKARTA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian air force grounded on Tuesday the operation of all of its Hawk fleet of 200 fighter jets following a crash involving one of the planes in Pakanbaru, Riau province, earlier in the day, Air Force Commander Marshall Imam Sufaat said.
An Indonesian Hawk 200 fighter jet crashed in at around 9.30 a. m. local time during a routine flight exercise. The pilot of the plane was reportedly safe after he jumped off the plane with ejection seat.
No casualties have been reported.
Imam said the grounding measure was a standard procedure applied on the model of aircraft involved in a crash while investigation into the crash is underway.
He said that the investigation would be carried out by the air forces' internal team. Currently teams deployed by the air force are evacuating the plane wreckage, which was found in a vacated area in a village near the Pakanbaru air force base.
Imam said Indonesia now operates 32 Hawk 200 planes acquired from Britain. Those planes are stationed in air force bases located in Pontianak, West Kalimantan and Pakanbaru, Riau provinces.
"We received those planes in brand new condition from Britain in 1994. Those planes were relatively new and have excellent airworthiness," he said, quoted by the largest news portal detik. com.