One of Indonesian regional carrier TransNusa Air Services’ ATR 42-600s has been severely damaged in a ground collision with a Boeing 737-800 conducting its take-off roll from Jakarta.

Damage to the Batik Air 737 indicates that it struck the ATR with its left wing-tip during its departure from runway 24 in darkness at around 19:55.

The ATR 42 – registered PK-TNJ, and only around 18 months old – sustained substantial damage to its airframe including the loss of most of its left wing as well as its vertical fin and horizontal stabiliser.

It had been under tow by a tractor at the time of the accident, according to Batik Air, which is a division of Indonesia’s Lion Group.

Batik says its 737-800 (PK-LBS) had been operating flight ID7703 to Makassar, and that the aircraft had been “released” for take-off by air traffic control at Halim Perdanakusuma airport.

The jet was similarly a relatively young airframe, having been delivered towards the end of 2014.

Its crew aborted the take-off after the impact.

Batik describes the incident as a “nudge” – despite the extensive damage to the aircraft and the outbreak of fire after the collision.

Forty-nine passengers and seven crew members had been on board the 737.

Indonesia’s transport ministry states that all passengers and crew were evacuated and there were no fatalities.

While no meteorological data for Halim is available for the time of the accident, information from around 1h beforehand indicates reduced visibility and haze.

Investigators have yet to establish the full circumstances of the collision and the reason for the presence of the ATR on an active runway.

Source: Cirium Dashboard