Transport Allianz Transall C-160 destroyed by fire in Papua

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This Transport Allianz Transall C-160 cargo aircraft, operated by Indonesian carrier Manunggal Air Service, was gutted by fire last Thursday soon after landing at Wamena airport, west Papua on a chartered cargo flight carrying diesel and jet fuel from the west Papuan city of Jayapura. The two pilots, a flight engineer and three loadmasters escaped safely. Manunggal Air Service operations manager Tjonhar Azya says the aircraft, local registration PK-VTQ, was one of four C-160s in its fleet. Of the other three, two are in service and one is parked permanently at Jakarta airport. Tjonhar says the airline plans to keep its other C-160s and adds that it is a good aircraft because "it is very easy to handle" and can carry 10t of cargo on the Jayapura-Wamena route.