Passengers escape unharmed following aircraft collision

Passengers escape unharmed following aircraft collision

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Two aircraft collided at an airport in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, resulting in a wing bursting into flames.

A Batik Air Boeing 737 was taking off when its wing clipped the tail of a TransNusa turboprop being towed across the runway.

Authorities said there were no injuries in last night’s accident, and all passengers were evacuated safely.

The incident took place at the mainly-domestic Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, causing the temporary closure of the airport.

The Batik Air aircraft was carrying 49 passengers and crew, reported AFP news agency.

A spokesman for budget carrier Lion Air Group, which owns Batik Air, told the news agency that the pilot had aborted the take-off after the collision, and passengers and crew were safe.

Transport ministry officials said the collision had mangled parts of both aircraft.

A video posted online shows flames erupting from the Batik Air plane wing, according to a BBC report.


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