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Trigana Indonesian ATR in emergency landing on rice field

An Indonesian Trigana Air Service ATR 42 made an emergency landing in a rice field today after reporting a failure on one of its turboprop engines.

The ATR 42-300, local registration PK-YRP, was on a scheduled flight from Berau to Samarinda in Kalimantan when one of its engines failed, says a Trigana official, who wishes to remain anonymous.

He says the pilot decided to divert to Balikpapan airport but then had to make an emergency landing in a rice field about 40 kilometres from there. The incident happened at approximately 11:00 local time, he adds.

There were five crew and 51 passengers on board, he says. Only one passenger was injured and "there were no serious injuries", he adds.

"We don't have information right now on damage to the aircraft but we have sent a team of engineers to investigate," says the official. Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee is also investigating, he adds.

Trigana is a privately-owned Indonesian passenger and cargo airline that operates on domestic routes.

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