April 14, 2010

         A routine domestic flight almost ended in disaster on Tuesday when a jet carrying more than 100 passengers broke apart on landing in Indonesia, injuring about 20 people, officials said.The Merpati airline Boeing 737 bounced off the tarmac at Rendani domestic airport in Manokwari, West Papua,hurtled into trees and skidded into a shallow river, director general of civil aviation Herry Bhakti Singayuda said."All the passengers were in a total panic, some even screamed and cried," said passenger Zainal Hayat, 52, who crawled out of a crack in the fuselage and was being treated at hospital with facial injuries.


Heavy rain and fog were suspected of playing a part in the crash, he added, although expert investigators had yet to arrive at the scene.Manokwari Hospital emergency unit nurse Benget Hutagalung said "about 20" people had been brought in with shattered limbs and head injuries.Witnesses said the left wing broke off as the plane smashed into the trees at the end of the runway. The cockpit was also almost completely separated from the rest of the fusilage.

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