JAKARTA, April 13 (Bernama) - Eighty two people of 103 passengers and crew of a Boeing-737 Merpati Nusantara Airlines aircraft were injured when it skidded while landing at Manokwari Aiport, in West Papua on Tuesday morning.
Other passengers suffered light injuries but there was no loss of life in the incident.
Up to date the Malaysian ambassador here had not received any information as to Malaysian passengers being injured.Police have also not confirmed if foreign nationals were injured.
"One passenger was seriously injured. The passenger suffered wounds to his face and had breathing difficulty," said Manokwari police chief Bambang Ricky when contacted Tuesday.
Four passengers had serious bone injuries but they were in good shape.
The crash at 10.50am caused the aircraft to split in two and landed at the at a canal, some 700m from the end of the runway.The wet and slippery runway is believed to have caused the aircraft to be out of control upon landing.
"I was able to ask a passenger who said that initially the landing was good but later the aircraft could not stop, maybe due to the wet runway," Bambang Ricky said.
The plane was on its way from Makassar, South Sulawesi to Manokwari.
Sources: BERNAMA & MAS Engineering Portal