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Two planes collide on Indonesian runway

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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.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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