A PLANE burst into flames after its wing was ripped off when it hit another aircraft before take-off, The Sun reports. Shocking footage of the Batik Air Boeing 737 jet in flames was released online following the collision on the tarmac at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. All 49 passengers and seven crew members were evacuated unharmed but had to flee using the plane’s inflatable slides. Images taken by onlookers show severe damage to both aircraft.
Video footage then caught emergency services racing to extinguish flames coming from one of the planes. It is reported that the Batik Air flight – en route to Ujang Pandang from the Indonesian capital – was at the end of the runway when it was hit by the Trans Nusa ATR 72 plane that was being towed back to the terminal by a tractor.
The airport – used mainly for internal flights – was closed while investigators surveyed the damage. Edward Sirait, president of Lion Air Group, said: “We are waiting for the results of investigations from the relevant authorities.”