Two planes nearly collide at Jakarta's main airport

JAKARTA • Two aircraft came close to colliding at Jakarta's main Soekarno-Hatta airport on Sunday, with one of them forced to abort a landing at the last minute, according to reports here.

The Garuda Indonesia aircraft could not land because a Sriwijaya Air plane was still on the runway at around 10.15pm after aborting take-off due to technical problems, according to news sites Kompas and Detik.

The Garuda was from Denpasar, in Bali, while the Sriwijaya Air plane was headed to Makassar.

A passenger on board the Garuda aircraft said that the pilot had aborted landing after the wheels of the aircraft were out, news reports say.

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The Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Institution, or AirNav Indonesia, confirmed the incident, saying that a go-around order was issued to the Garuda pilot for safety reasons, The Jakarta Post reported on its website yesterday.

"We had to make the call ordering the Garuda flight to cancel its landing as there was a Sriwijaya Air aircraft that had earlier cancelled its take-off because of technical problems," AirNav corporate secretary Didiet K.S. Radityo said yesterday.

The Garuda Indonesia aircraft could not land because a Sriwijaya Air plane was still on the runway... after aborting take-off due to technical problems.

Kompas in its report noted that a similar incident took place on April 11. Then, a Garuda aircraft from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, had to perform a go-around before landing as there was another aircraft from Sriwijaya Air on the runway.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2017, with the headline 'Two planes nearly collide at Jakarta's main airport'. Print Edition | Subscribe