The Jakarta Post
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.
'We 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 tempo.co.
The aircraft caught fire at around 11:30 a.m., local time, on Wednesday, as it unloaded goods at the airport.
'Fire 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.
'When 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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