17 Dec '11, 9am

One dead, four wounded in aircraft accident

One dead, four wounded in aircraft accident

JAYAPURA, Indonesia: A small aircraft caught fire on landing in the remote Indonesian province of Papua on Saturday, killing one pilot and leaving four passengers with burn wounds, police said. The accident happened in Pegunungan Bintang district when a PAC-750 XL aircraft skidded off the runaway on landing, amid bad weather and strong winds, local transport ministry official John Rettob told AFP. "The pilot died in the burning aircraft and four passengers suffered burn injuries. Two are in critical condition in a hospital in Jayapura," he said, adding that all passengers and the pilot were Indonesian nationals. The aircraft had been returning from provincial capital Jayapura to transport supplies to remote villages for a Christian humanitarian association. The vast Indonesian archipelago relies heavily on air transport and has a poor aviation record. In September, an Aust...

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