A Boeing 737-300 freighter registered PK-YSZ and operated by Trigana Air Services was involved in a serious incident in Indonesia yesterday, July 28. Trigana Air Service Boeing 737-300 freighter operated a domestic flight between Jayapura-Sentani Airport and Wamena Airport, Indonesia. During landing at Wamena Airport, however, the aircraft suffered damage to the outer flap fairing on the left-hand wing and the left-hand wing tip during what appears to be a botched landing.
According to Aviation Herald report, the freighter made an “unstabilized approach” to the airport. There is Youtube footage showing the plane coming fast out of the low cloud and landing in a display of airmanship one person called “atrocious” and another called “completely stupid.”
“From the video, it is an un-authorized duck-under maneuver, alignment to runway and dive for the numbers in an attempt to salvage the unstabilized approach, nearly cartwheeling into a fireball.
The local aviation authorities have launched an investigation into the mishap.
It’s not the first mishap with the airline as early 2020, another company Boeing 737-300 freighter received serious undercarriage damage in a runway excursion on landing at Jayapura-Sentani Airport. The four crew members escaped without injuries.
Trigana Air Services, also known as Trigana Air, is based in Jakarta. They fly to 15 destinations around Indonesia and have a mixed fleet of 22 aircraft, mostly different models of 737s and ATRs.
Yesterday’s incident involved a freight service from Jayapura, the capital of the Indonesian province of Papua, and Wamena, also in Papua. The incident continues a rather sorry safety record for the airline that is only 29 years old.
In 2002, a Trigana Air Services de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed in heavy rain, killing all six people onboard. Eight years later, an ATR 42-300 operating a passenger flight crashed in a rice field near Balikpapan, Indonesia. All 52 people onboard survived. It seems both engines had failed in-flight.