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2 Planes Collide at Jakarta Airport
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2 Planes Collide at Jakarta Airport

Two planes collided at an airport in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, resulting in a wing bursting into flames. A Batik Air passenger plane was taking off when its wing clipped the tail of a TransNusa aircraft being towed across the runway. Authorities said there were no injuries in the Monday night incident, and all 49 passengers and crew were evacuated safely, BBC reported. 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. In 2013, a Lion Air plane overshot the runway at Bali’s Denpasar airport and crashed into the sea, in an incident that hospitalized at least 22 people. That same year another Lion Air plane skidded off a runway on the island of Sulawesi after it crashed into a cow. In 2014, an Indonesian subsidiary of AirAsia flying from Surabaya to Singapore crashed into the sea, killing all 162 onboard.

 

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