A Batavia Air plane serving the Denpasar-Guangzhou route skidded off of the runaway at Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan on Monday, forcing the airport to close for two hours.
The Airbus 320 aircraft slid while landing at 11.31 a.m., but none of the 177 passengers and 10 crew members of the plane were injured.
The incident, however, forced Sepinggan to close for two hours and caused the delay of at least 10 flights. Even after it was re-opened at 1.30 p.m., a section of the runaway could not be used as the plane, whose rear tire was stuck in the soil, could not be evacuated yet.
“The plane has not been evacuated yet, it’s still on the edge of the runaway. The [evacuation] equipment has not yet arrived from Jakarta, and we are still awaiting officials from KNKT [National Committee for Transportation Safety],” the duty manager of the airport, Indrata, said.
He said it was not clear yet what had caused the incident, but added that four aircraft, including those operated by Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air, have slid off of the runway since 2007.