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Plane Crashes Into Cow in Indonesia; No One Hurt, Except Cow

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 06:27 PM

By David Ogul


A plane carrying more than 100 people crashed into a cow while landing in Indonesia on Wednesday and skidded off the runway.

No one was injured. The cow wasn’t so lucky — it was crushed to death under a wheel.

Pilot Iwan Permadi told the state-run news agency Antara that he could smell “burning meat” as the Boeing 737-900 rammed into the unsuspecting bovine, The Age reported.

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He said he initially thought there were dogs on the tarmac while he came in for a landing, “but it turned out there were three cows standing in the middle of the runway,” he said.

News agencies said the Lion Air jet was landing at Jalaluddin airport on the Indonesian island of Slawesi. Transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said the airport was closed after the incident, The Guardian reports, affecting travel plans for the Muslim holiday of Eid.

The airport has since reopened, however.

In April, a new Lion Air jet in belly flopped into the sea as it was landing on the resort Island of Bali, The Guardian said. None of the 108 people on board was killed, but a couple dozen were hospitalized.

Indonesia, an archipelago with more than 17,000 islands, relies heavily on air travel but has one of Asia’s worst air safety records and has been struggling to improve oversight, The Huffington Post reported. It said the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to assist Indonesian investigators looking into the April crash because the Boeing jet was designed and made in the United States.

It is not clear if any American investigators were dispatched to the island nation to look into the latest accident.

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