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July 2, 2020, 12.52 AM

MAKASSAR, – A Garuda Indonesia aircraft bound for Jakarta skidded off the runway in Makassar, South Sulawesi while preparing for take-off on Wednesday, July 1. No casualties have been reported.

“The plane took an excessive turn and veered off the runway while preparing to depart,” said Angkasa Pura General Manager Wahyudi. “There is no damage to the plane because is did not slide as the weather was dry and there was no rain.”

State-owned Angkasa Pura manages Makassar’s Hasanuddin Airport.

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Wahyudi added that the mishap involving an Airbus A330 has not disrupted activities on Hasanuddin Airport.

“The airport has two runways, so we diverted [all takeoffs and landings] to the second runway.” 

No injuries

“There are no casualties among the passengers. All of them canceled their flight,” Wahyudi  said of Flight GA 613's 14 passengers. “Some stayed overnight at hotels and others returned home. ”

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The accident occurred hours after the Antara state news agency reported that another Garuda Airlines flight survived a near disaster upon landing on Syamsuddin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.

Antara said the plane's tires burst as it was about to park.

“All [35] passengers survived the accident. No one was hurt,” said Communication and Legal Manager Aditya Putra Patria of the flight, which arrived in Banjarmasin from Jakarta.

He added that the disaster disrupted activities on the runway but caused no further damage.

(Writer: Hendra Cipto | Editor: Teuku Muhammad Valdy Arief)


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