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Two planes collide at Jakarta airport, no injuries reported

Batik Air and TransNusa

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two planes collided at the Jakarta airport when the wing of a Batik Air aircraft clipped the tail of a TransNusa aircraft being towed across the runway.> Big News Network

Media reports showed still of the wing bursting into flames, even though no injuries were reported and passengers were evacuated safely.

The Batik Air aircraft was said to be taking off en route for Ujung Padang, while the TransNusa ATR, was on apron movement being towed by an airside tractor.

The incident occurred at the largely-domestic Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta leading to a temporary closure of the airport.

The Batik Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft was reportedly carrying 49 passengers and seven crew and the pilot is said to have aborted the takeoff after the collision.

Andy Saladin, a spokesman for Lion Air Group said in a statement that the pilot aborted the takeoff of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft to ensure the safety of those on board. “All the passengers and crew are safe, and will be flown using a replacement aircraft.”

Batik Air is part of Lion Group, which runs Indonesia’s biggest low-cost carrier Lion Air.

Edward Sirait, the president director of the Lion Air Group, said the company would await the results of an official investigation.

Meanwhile, JA Barata, spokesperson for Indonesian Ministry of Transportation said in a statement, “The left wing of the Batik flight was damaged in the clash and the tail of the ATR craft operated by TransNusa — another domestic airline mainly serving the east of the archipelago — was also mangled.”

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