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Jakarta Post

No casualties in Papua aircraft fire

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, May 8, 2013   /  01:51 pm

Jayawijaya police chief Adj.Sr.Comr. F.S.Napitupulu said there were no casualties when a Nusantara airlines cargo aircraft caught fire in Wamena airport, on Wednesday.

'€œWe also have yet to calculate the losses caused by the incident. The aircraft was carrying diesel fuel at the time,'€ he said as quoted by

The aircraft caught fire at around 11:30 a.m., local time, on Wednesday, as it unloaded goods at the airport.

'€œFire is not yet out,'€ said Napitupulu.

The Boeing aircraft landed in Wamena airport at around 11:20 a.m. Diesel fuel was being unloaded by forklift when a fuel spill accidentally came into a contact with fire.

'€œWhen the fire started, flames instantly engulfed the fuselage,'€ said Napitupulu.

On 2008, a similar accident occurred at Wamena with a C-160 Transal cargo aircraft carrying fuel and logistic supplies.

Wamena airport is in Jayawijaya regency and can accommodate huge aircraft such as Hercules and Boeing. (nai/ebf)


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