Indonesia's Yogyakarta airport reopens after Garuda incident

A Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800 airliner skidded off the runway while landing at Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Feb 1, 2017.
A Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800 airliner skidded off the runway while landing at Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Feb 1, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

YOGYAKARTA (Reuters, The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - Yogyakarta's Adisutjipto International Airport reopened on Thursday (Feb 2) after being temporarily closed following an accident involving a Garuda Indonesia aircraft on Wednesday night, the flag carrier’s spokesperson said.

“We have moved the skidded airplane to a parking area,” Garuda Indonesia vice president of corporate communications Benny Butarbutar told The Jakarta Post.

A Boeing 737-800 aircraft carrying 123 passengers from Jakarta to Yogyakarta skidded off the runway while landing at 7.45pm on Wednesday due to heavy rain and wet ground. 

“We hope flight schedules will be back to normal this afternoon,” he said.

According to a statement on the website of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, the Boeing 737-800NG en route from Jakarta "went off the runway, as a result of heavy rain that made the runway slippery".

Yogyakarta is the gateway to the cultural centre of Indonesia's main island of Java.

Earlier, he said there were no injuries and all 123 passengers and seven crew members had been evacuated safely. The statement made no mention of an investigation.

Indonesia has a patchy air safety record, with 12 accidents in 2016 in which 30 people were killed, according to the Aviation Safety Network website.

In 2007, a Garuda Boeing 737 jet bounced and skidded off the runway at Yogyakarta airport before bursting into flames, killing 21 people.