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Jakarta Post

Adam Air skids sideways off runway, Batam

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Tue, March 11 2008   /  01:38 am

A passenger plane carrying 177 people skidded off the runway during heavy rain on its second landing attempt at Hang Nadim airport in Batam, Riau Islands province, on Monday. The Boeing 737-400 overshot the runway to the right by 75 meters at 10:22 a.m. (see photo). At least one passenger, Ari, was reported to have broken his neck, but no further casualties were reported. Ari's sister-in-law Mira said he lost consciousness after the crash and was rushed to a local hospital in Batam. Several people were treated for shock. Airport operations head Pantun Banjarnahor said the plane "experienced a hard landing, which led to the damage of the front landing gear". "The plane skidded 75 meters off the runway and nearly entered the nearby forest," Pantun said. There were 169 adult passengers on board, two children and s...