Workers push stranded Garuda aircraft up Indonesia runway

Garuda Nusa TenggaraAirport workers were forced into pushing a stranded Garuda aircraft up a remote airport runway in Indonesia last week. The incident unfolded on Thursday after the pilot of a Bombardier CRJ1000 overshot the turning for the plane park at Tambolaka Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara region of the island nation.

Pictures taken by witnesses and posted up on social media show a posse of at least 20 airport ground staff manually trying to drag the 36 ton behemoth along the runway. The pictures show passengers gaping in amazement from the windows of the plane as it inches slowly towards the passenger terminal.

The media posts claimed the Garuda aeroplane had broken down and this was the reason all hands were on deck to pull it. Speaking to reporters after the incident, Garuda’s PR head said these claims were in fact false.

Ikhsan Rosan explained the pilots had taken the wrong exitway after landing and had gone straight ahead instead of left. He carried on by saying the pilots had only missed their turning by a small margin, but the fact there was no pushback tug truck available at Tambolaka made the mishap seem far worse than it actually was.

Mr Rosan finished off by saying everything had been resolved and all Garuda flights to East Nusa Tenggara were operating according to schedule. Tambolaka is the gateway to Sumba Island, Puru Kambera Beach and a host of other natural attractions. In addition to Garuda, three other airlines fly here from Denpasar Airport on Bali and Kupang.



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