Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Airline bursts into flames in Indonesia

The misery befalling on Indonesia failed to halt today when an airliner carrying over 100 passengers erupted into flames when landing in Yogyakarta, Java.

The Boeing 737-400 was carrying Australian journalists and diplomatic staff who had been in the region with the country’s foreign minister.

A survivor reported that the plane overshot the runway and shook violently before an explosion was heard.

Capt. Yos Biantoro said: "I saw at least eight corpses piled up at the front of the plane," The captain was at the fire scene in central Java.

"We overshot the runway, then I heard the sound of an explosion and ran through an emergency exit, I believe many passengers remained trapped on board" passenger Muhammad Dimyati told local TV.

Other eyewitnesses said the aircraft was completely gutted. Eight people are believed to have died.

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