Monday, April 4, 2016

Airplane collision shuts down Jakarta airport

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Two planes collided in a fiery moment at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta on Monday evening.

Boeing 737, operated by Batik Air, was accelerating for takeoff when it collided with an ATR 72, operated by regional airline Transnusa, at 7:55 p.m. local time.

The Transnusa plane was being towed to a hangar when it crossed the path of the Batik Air plane, which had been cleared for takeoffFlight crew aborted takeoff, but could not stop the aircraft from colliding with the Transnusa aircraft.

The left wing of the Batik Air plane clipped the tail of the towed plane and erupted in a fire, which firefighters were able to put out within a few minutes.  Read more...

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