Manokwari Airport Closed after Sriwijaya Airplane SkidsOff Runway

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Manokwari Rendani Airport in Papua is temporarily closed until 9 pm UTC (6 pm local time) after a Boeing B737-300 belonging to private carrier Sriwijaya Air skids off and blocked the runway.

    “The airport is temporarily closed to give a chance to officers and the National Transportation Safety Committee [KNKT] team to remove the plane to a safer place that will not disturb flights. We have issued the NOTAM pertaining to the issue,” the Transportation Ministry official Pramintohadi Sukarno said Wednesday.

    Airport authorities and relevant parties are currently removing the aircraft and the Directorate of Airworthiness and Airplane Operations is probe the case, Pramintohadi said. The KNKT team will also investigate the causes of the incident.

    At 00:10 am UTC (9:10 pm local time), a Boeing B737-300 belonging to Sriwijaya Air skids off the runway of Rendani Airport as rain lashes the region.

    The aircraft carried 146 passengers.