Garuda Indonesia Airbus A330 Veers Off Runway in Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia Airbus A330 Veers Off Runway in Indonesia. Photo: @breakingavnews

A Garuda Indonesia Airbus A330-300 got stuck in the mud off a runway after landing at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG) in Makassar, Indonesia.

The A330 with registration PK-GHD was operating a domestic flight GA610 from Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

After landing at the airport at 5:07 PM local time, the aircraft went off the runway while it was turning away from the runway and came to a stop with its nose gear sunk in mud.

The aircraft was waiting for departure. Photo: @breakingavnews

It is unclear why the aircraft didn’t use the taxiway to enter the runway, when it was waiting departure as flight GA613 to Jakarta.

The flight was to depart at 20:10 local time on Wednesday evening and land into Jakarta one hour later. This flight was canceled, and the aircraft currently remains in Makassar.

The incident took place near the threshold of runway 03, blocking runway 03/21. 

No human injuries have been reported. Photo: @breakingavnews

Reports claim that there were 26 people onboard the Garuda Indonesia aircraft. No injuries have been reported.

According to Flightradar24, after the A330 landed at UPG, two flights have departed from the adjacent runway. Sriwijaya Air flight SJ589 departed for Jakarta, while Citilink flight QG332 left for Haluoleo Airport (KDI) in Kendari, Indonesia.

The flight tracking website data also shows that several flights have also arrived at the airport, after the incident.

The aircraft is on lease to Garuda. Photo: @gensan_8888

The Airbus A330-330, with registration PK-GHD was delivered to Garuda back in August, 2016 and is currently 4.1 years old.

The Indonesia’s flag carrier has 27 Airbus A330 aircraft in its fleet. They are a mix of A330-300 and A330-200 planes. As of now, 19 of the 27 A330s are parked. 

Garuda has 27 Airbus A330s in its fleet. Photo: Getty

The aircraft involved in Wednesday evening’s incident is on lease. The particular plane is well known in South East Asia as its sports Garuda’s retro livery.

The aircraft was active in service during this pandemic as well. Lately, the aircraft flew up to Seoul from Jakarta on Saturday, June 27. The aircraft flew back to Jakarta on Monday, June 30.

The cause of the incident is still unknown. Photo: 

The cause of the incident is still unknown. Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG) representatives informed that an investigation is underway.

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