Video shows plane on fire as two aircraft collide on Indonesian runway

There were no casualties reported

Charlie Atkin
Tuesday 05 April 2016 10:23
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Plane catches fire after colliding with another aircraft on runway

Video shows a plane on fire after two aircraft collided on an airport runway.

Footage from Jakarta, Indonesia, shows one aircraft with its wing ablaze after the crash late on Monday, while emergency services attempt to put out the flames.

No casualties were reported according to the country’s transportation ministry, after passengers were forced to evacuate using inflatable ramps.

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Batik Air, the full-service arm of one of Asia's biggest airline operators Lion Air Group, was attempting to take off from Halim Perdanakusuma airport when its wing clipped the tail of a smaller plane being towed off the runway.

"All passengers and crew were safely evacuated," the transportation ministry said in a statement, adding the airport, which services mainly domestic flights, would be closed until further notice.

Indonesia has seen a boom in air travel and budget carriers have proliferated at among the fastest paces in the region.

But airport infrastructure in Southeast Asia's biggest economy has struggled to keep pace. Indonesia has experienced two major air crashes since late 2014, when an Air Asia plane carrying 162 passengers crashed into the Java Sea.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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