34 flights to Yogyakarta are diverted to Solo.

Aprilia Nurohmah   02 February 2017 14:00

Authorities closed Adisutjipto International Airport in Jogjakarta today until 3 p.m. after a Garuda Indonesia aircraft slipped last night.

The plane flew from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport under the code GA 258. There were no casualties reported. 

"The airort is still closed for plane evacuation," Adisutjipto Airport spokesperson Dika said earlier today.

"It has not started yet, but the heavy equipment is already here."

Airforce Commander of Yogyakarta Base Novyan Samyoga said that the incident location was near the runway, making it dangerous for other planes to take off or land at the airport.

"The location is 700 meter from the runway 27," he said.

Garuda Indonesia also moves its flights for Yogyakarta to Solo. "We apologize for the inconvenience," said the company spokesperson Benny S Butarbutar on a statement today.

The diverted flights are: Jakarta-Yogyakarta round trip (10 flights), Denpasar-Yogyakarta (3 flights), Makassar-Yogyakarta round trip (2 flights), Balikpapan-Yogyakarta (1 flight) and Surabaya-Yogyakarta (1 flight).

"We're trying our best to evacuate the Boeing 737-800NG plane, which weights 40 tonnes, using air balloon from Jakarta to lift the wreckages and the wheels. We'll then coat the soft ground using sandstone and steel plates so the plane can be pulled into the parking lot," Benny said.

Garuda's technical team and National Transportation Safety Commitee have come to help the evacuation and they plan to have it done by this afternoon.


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