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April 4, 2016

Two aeroplanes collide at Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma airport

Two aeroplanes have collided on the runway of Halim Perdanakusuma airport in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

By Lopamudra Roy

Two aeroplanes have collided on the runway of Halim Perdanakusuma airport in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

A passenger plane operated by Batik Air, a full-service unit of Lion Air Group, was readying for takeoff when one of its wings struck the tail of a smaller plane that was being towed off the tarmac.

The Boeing 737-800, with 49 passengers and seven crew members on board, saw its left wing burst into flames after the collision.

The tail of the smaller aeroplane, operated by TransNusa, has also been damaged.

"The Boeing 737-800, with 49 passengers and seven crew members on board, saw its left wing burst into flames after the collision."

According to a transportation ministry spokesman J.A. Barata, no casualties have been reported and all the passengers and crew members were safely evacuated.

Lion Air Group president director Edward Sirait was reported by media sources as saying an official investigation would be launched and that ‘the company would await the results’.

The Halim Perdanakusuma airport, which is located in the east of Jakarta, has been closed temporarily after the incident.

Prior to this, several incidents have occurred in other Indonesian airports.

In 2013, a Lion Air plane overshot the runway at Bali’s Denpasar airport and entered the sea, hospitalising at least 22 people.

In 2014, a plane run by an Indonesian subsidiary of AirAsia crashed into the sea, killing all 162 travellers on board.

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