JaseWGTN From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 816 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1798 times:
Here is the article:
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 23:15 AEDT
Garuda Indonesia plane crashes with more than 50 people on board
A Garuda Indonesia airline Boeing 737 carrying 51 passengers has crash landed into a river in Central Java, injuring several people, airport officials said.
The plane had been bound for the central Java city of Yogyakarta from the island of Lombok, near Bali, when it crash landed in the Bengawan Solo river some 30 kilometers north-east of its destination.
"No one was killed, the aircraft was not too damaged because it landed in the water, only the right wing was broken," said Hariyadi Subagyo, the head of the Yogyakarta airport administration.
KrisworldB777 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 570 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
The aircraft involved appears to be PK-GWA, delivered back in 1989 which was operating GA 421 from Lombok to Yogyakarta and was apparently 20 minutes from landing. Appears to be no fatalities at this stage but all have been taken to hospitals. According to Garuda, the airplane will have all the water bailed out, they'll botch up the "broken" wing and send out a BP truck to refuel it and it will be on its merry little way....no problems whatsoever!!
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1595 times:
Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 14:59 GMT
Indonesia plane crash-lands in river
One woman has reportedly been killed after an Indonesian airline Boeing 737 crash-landed into a river about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north east of the central Javan city of Yogyakarta.
The AFP news agency quoted a doctor as saying a body, apparently that of a flight attendant, had been recovered.
Police said 12 out of the 54 passengers and six crew on board the Garuda national airline plane had been injured.
A statement from Garuda said all on board had been taken to hospitals in the nearby city of Solo.
The cause of the crash is not known but one passenger quoted by the local television network RCTI said the plane had been forced down by a combination of severe turbulence and bad weather.
The plane had been travelling from the resort island of Lombok to the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, another popular tourist spot.
It came down in the Bangawan Solo River at 1635 (0935GMT), Garuda said.
The river cuts through a densely-populated rural area. Correspondents say the pilot may have chosen to set the plane down on the river as the land is covered with houses and rice fields.
In 1997, a Garuda Airbus A-300 crashed into a jungle as it approached Medan airport in northern Sumatra, hampered by thick smoke from forest fires. All 234 on board were killed