JAKARTA — Two planes collided on a runway in Indonesia’s capital on Monday, sparking a fire and forcing passengers to evacuate.
The flight operated by Batik Air, one of Asia’s largest airlines, was going to take off from Halim Perdanakusuma airport when one of its wings clipped the rear of another plane being towed off of the runway, Reuters reports.
The Batik Air Boeing 737 carrying 56 people had been cleared for takeoff when its wing struck a smaller Trans Nusa plane, which was being towed, Batik said in a statement.
Local media pictures shows the Boeing 737’s wing bursting into flames as fire trucks and ambulances responded to the scene.
All passengers were evacuated safely, the Jakarta Transportation Ministry said. Officails said the airport would remain closed until further notice.
Indonesia has experienced two major air tragedies in recent years, including when an Air Asia flight crashed into the Java Sea with 162 passengers on board.
Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday
KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.
According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.
President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.
As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.
Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.Follow @gorkhapost