Indonesian plane skids on runway in landing at Papua airport

The damaged Trigana Air plane sits on the side of the runway of Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua. The airport closed after the incident on Tuesday morning.
The damaged Trigana Air plane sits on the side of the runway of Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua. The airport closed after the incident on Tuesday morning. PHOTO: TRIGANA AIR

WAMENA, Papua (Indonesia) - A cargo aircraft owned by Indonesia's domestic carrier Trigana Air skidded while landing at the Wamena airport in eastern Indonesia's Papua province on Tuesday (Sept 13). No injuries were reported.

The incident happened on Tuesday morning; the aircraft failed to land at the airport after one of its wheels reportedly broke, BBC Indonesia said.

The aircraft, which was carrying 14 tonnes of fuel belonging to Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina, had been travelling from Papua's Sentani airport.

Marketing director for Pertamina Ahmad Bambang told Indonesia's Detik news website that there were no casualties and that the fuel load was safe.

He said that the aircraft skidded on the runway, ending up about 2km away from its original landing position.

The Wamena airport was closed immediately after the incident in order for the runway to be cleared, BBC Indonesia reported.

A Trigana Air aircraft crashed in the remote and mountainous region of Papua in August last year, killing 54 people.