carrier Trigana Air Service has temporarily grounded one if its de Havilland
Canada DHC-4 Caribou aircraft because of a problem with the steering system.
official in the airline’s engineering department in Jakarta
says the Caribou, local registration PK-YRJ, ran off the end of a runway at
Mulia airport in West Papua on 30 June while
trying to take-off.
were four crew members but no passengers on board because the aircraft was
carrying cargo, he says, adding that no one was injured.
ran off the runway because of a steering system failure…of course the speed was
very low so there was no damage to the aircraft.”
says the aircraft is now grounded for inspections but will be returned to
aircraft is very useful in this region because it can carry heavy equipment,
small trucks and other supplies” to remote parts of Indonesia,
says the official.
plans to phase out its three Fokker F27s by the end of next year using
additional ATR turboprops, he adds.
airline’s Caribou aircraft are some of the last examples of this aircraft type
still operating today.