Not pretty! Another plane-crash in Indonesia. Fortunately, no one was killed.
The Star reported yesterday that an Indonesian passenger plane carrying 52 people (46 passengers and six crew) crash-landed at an eastern airport Monday, injuring two. This is the latest accident to hit the country's fast-growing aviation sector.
The turbo-prop MA-60 aircraft, operated by state-owned Merpati Nusantara airlines, was coming in to land at an airport in East Nusa Tenggara province when the accident happened. It was a domestic flight from the central island of Flores landing at El Tari airport in Kupang city at 9:40 am (0140 GMT).
In April of this year, a Lion Air passenger jet carrying 108 people missed the runway as it was coming in to land at Denpasar on the resort island of Bali. The plane crashed into the sea, splitting into two. No fatality there but dozens were injured.
In May 2011, an MA-60 operated by Merpati crashed in West Papua province, killing 25 people. Authorities banned the plane following that accident but ban was later lifted six months earlier.
Following that accident, authorities banned the plane - manufactured by Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation - from landing at three airports with difficult approaches. El Tari (location of current crash) was not one of the airports affected by the ban. Merpati has been banned from flying in European Union airspace since 2007. - AFP
Source: The Star.. Indonesia passenger plane crash-lands, two injured