Reportedly Overshot Runway On Landing; Survivors Reported
ANN REALTIME UPDATE
03.06.07 2245 EST: A spokesman for the Indonesian
government tells CNN approximately 115 passengers were onboard a
Garuda Airlines Boeing 737-400 that apparently overshot the runway
at Yogyakarta airport in central Java.
Witnesses say the plane burst into flames as it departed the
Officials aren't certain how many persons were able to escape or
be rescued from the burning plane. Government spokesman Andy
Mallarangeng said "some" people had been taken to hospitals.
"We are still waiting for the latest information," Mallarangeng
said. "Officials are on the site and doing whatever they can for
The accident appears to be yet another black mark against
Indonesia's airline industry. On January 1, an Adam Air 737-400
disappeared with more than 100 passengers onboard. Crews were
unable to locate more than a few bits of wreckage from that
Last month, Indonesian officials called for the grounding of all of Adam Air's 737-300
models, after a hard landing literally bent the
fuselage of a plane at Juanda Airport in Surabaya. There was talk
of extending the forced inspection requirement to all 737s flying
for Indonesian carriers.
2200 EST: An
airliner, reportedly flying for Indonesian state airline Garuda,
overran the runway and burst into flames on landing early Wednesday
morning at Yogyakarta airport.
"It is true that a plane caught fire while landing. It happened
when it overshot beyond the runway and burst into flames,"
Yogyakarta provincial secretary Bambang Susanto told Reuters via
text message. "The number of passengers is still unclear but we
know that there are passengers being treated at the air force
Witnesses identified the plane as a Boeing 757, according to
Reuters. Garuda operates several 737s and 747s, but no 757s.
Local news reports indicate an untold number of passengers may
have been trapped onboard the plane, identified by Indonesian state
news agency Antara as GA-200, flying from Jakarta. The plane
touched down at approximately 1900 EST.
ANN will continue to follow this story, and report when more
details are known.