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C-160 cargo aircraft operated by Indonesian carrier Manunggal
Air Service was gutted by fire yesterday soon after landing at an airport in
two pilots, a flight engineer and three loadmasters escaped safely from the
aircraft which caught fire at 08:36 yesterday at Wamena
airport in west Papua moments after completing a flight from the west Papuan
city of Jayapura, Manunggal
Air Service operations manager Tjonhar Azya says from the airline’s offices in Jakarta.
says the chartered cargo flight and was carrying diesel and jet fuel.
aircraft had touched down at Wamena and was taxiing
when the control tower informed the pilots that “smoke and fire could be seen
coming from the left side landing gear”.
asked the pilot to taxi to the apron…and they taxied to an area …and stopped the
aircraft and set down everything.”
the pilots got out of the aircraft they could see “the landing gear was in
smoke and fire and they tried to put it out with fire extinguishers but the
fire kept increasing and then the fire brigade came to try and put out the fire
but the fuselage kept burning”.
footage taken at the airport shows the aircraft engulfed in flames, thick black
smoke billowing, and at one point, a large fireball shoots out of the aircraft
and into the sky.
taken after the fire was extinguished shows the aircraft’s main fuselage was
completely destroyed and all that remains is the aircraft’s nose, rear
empennage, wings and engines.
aircraft that was destroyed, local registration PK-VTQ, was one of four C-160s
in Manunggal’s fleet. Tjonhar says of
the remaining three, two are in service and one is parked permanently at Jakarta
says the airline plans to keep its other C-160s and adds it is a good aircraft
because “it is very easy to handle” and on the Jayapura-Wamena
route can carry 10t of cargo.
C-160 was built by a consortium of French and German aircraft manufacturers
which developed the aircraft in the mid-1960s as a military transport.
the aircraft is still in service with the French, German and Turkish air forces.