A Trigana Air Boeing 737-400 freighter was conducting a cargo operation between the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Makassar today when it faced gear problems. The plane was climbing out of Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport’s runway 24 when the crew stopped the climb at approximately 3,000 feet amid issues with its right-hand main gear. When landing back at the departing airport, the plane skidded, and all of its gear collapsed.
Trigana Air is based in Jakarta. Photo: Aeroprints.com via Wikimedia Commons
According to The Aviation Herald, the Indonesian carrier’s 737 had four crew members on board the aircraft. When they noticed the issue while climbing, they entered a hold while attempting to sort it out and returned. However, as the jet touched down, it skidded on the runway on its left main gear, nose gear, and right engine pod. Subsequently, in the final periods of the rollout, it skidded off the runway before coming to a stop. Notably, all of the gear collapsed in the process.
No injuries have been reported from those on board. There is nonetheless significant damage to the plane.
The aircraft landed back at Halim Perdanakusuma at 11:27 WIB, after leaving at 10:53 earlier in the morning. Photo: RadarBox
The below video captures the moment that the 737 landed this morning.
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The following photos show the damage that the plane sustained:
Trigana Air 737-400 runway excursion in Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. Aircraft reported problems with right hand side engine. Airport closed for the moment. pic.twitter.com/BuchAczQW8
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PK-YSF, the aircraft involved in the incident, first arrived at Trigana’s facilities in September 2013. The aircraft was previously held by Asiana Airlines, GECAS, and Batavia Air. According to Planespotters.net, the plane was build at Boeing’s Renton site just over 32 years ago.
Trigana Air currently holds eight Boeing 737s, four ATR 42s, and three ATR72s within its fleet. Photo: PK-REN via Wikimedia Commons
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According to CAPA, Trigana Air primarily conducts domestic services to up to around 40 destinations throughout Indonesia. Despite being busy hopping across cities within its country, its journey started off in a unique field.
“Starting operations with 2 Beechcraft SUPER-KING AIR B-200C ( SKA B-200C) fixed wing aircraft in early 1991 and 2 new NBell-412SP helicopter, manufactured by IPTNi (Indonesia Aircraft Industry) Bandung, at the end of that year, TRIGANA AIR SERVICE responded quickly to the high demand for air support to the Indonesian transportation need. Our first client in March 1991 was PT Mapindo which utilized our SKA B-200s for forestry photo mapping in all the Indonesian islands,” Trigana shares on its website.
“This was the first ever high precision and the best aerial photography done in the country and the success of this project led to the addition of another 3 aircraft with the client for the same service. Another different operation was then developed with the introduction of the NBell-412 SP helicopter on November 1991. This aircraft was operated on behalf of MAXUS Oil (Oil Exploration Company contracted by Pertamina/ The Indonesia Petrolium Company) in Pabelokan, Seribu Islands, off-shore, north of Jakarta.”
Altogether, thankfully, there were no injuries to the crew during this landing. The same can’t be said for the aircraft with the state that it is in.
What are your thoughts about this Trigana Air Boeing 737-400 gear collapsing? Have you experienced anything similar when flying over the years? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.
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