Citilink Plane Skids Off Runway, Three Injured

August 3, 2015

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A Citilink plane skidded off a runway in western Indonesia on Sunday, injuring three people and forcing the airport to close.

The Citilink Airbus A320 was carrying 174 passengers en route from Jakarta to Padang when it bounced off the runway upon landing, transport ministry spokesman Julius Barata told Reuters news agency.

"The plane is blocking the runway, so the airport is still closed," Barata added.

Citilink is the budget arm of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record and has seen two major plane crashes in the past year, including an AirAsia flight that went down in the Java Sea, killing all on board.

(Reuters)