Two aeroplanes collide at Jakarta airport runway

    Two aeroplanes collide at Jakarta airport runway

    April 5, Jakarta: Two planes collided on a runway at an airport in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, resulting in a wing bursting into flames that forced passengers to evacuate using inflatable slides.

    A Boeing 737-800 operated by Batik Air, the full-service arm of one of Asia's biggest airline operators Lion Air Group, was attempting to take off from Halim Perdanakusuma airport when its wing clipped the tail of a smaller plane being towed off the runway.

    There were no injuries in the Monday night incident, and all passengers were evacuated safely, authorities said.

    Indonesia has had a dismal air safety record amid a boom in air travel, particularly with budget carriers.

    The incident took place at the largely-domestic Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, causing the temporary closure of the airport.

    The Oslo Times


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