A Batik Air Boeing 737-800 was in collision with an empty TransNusa Air Services ATR 42-600 during its take-off run at Jakarta/Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on April 3. Both aircraft caught fire and were severely damaged. The 737-800, PK-LBS (c/n 39827) was taking off on a domestic rotation to Ujang Padang, carrying 49 passengers and seven crew. The ATR, PK-TNJ (c/n 1015) was being moved by tractor when the incident occurred.
All passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the Batik Air jet using the emergency slides, with no injuries reported. The impact of the 737’s port wing sliced off most of the ATR’s tail and port wing, rupturing the fuel tanks and starting fires in both aircraft. These were quickly brought under control by the airport’s fire crews.
A spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation said initial indications showed the 737 was preparing to take off, and the ATR was being towed to a hangar. A spokesperson for the airport’s operator Angkasa Pura II said: “We cannot yet determine whether the incident was caused by an air traffic control error, the tractor operator or the pilot.”