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Indonesian plane crash kills 49: many more survive

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Indonesian plane crash kills 49: many more survive


Dozens have died in a plane crash in Indonesia but incredibly many more passengers survived the inferno that erupted after their aircraft overshot an airport runway. The swift opening of emergency doors allowed over 90 people on board to escape the flames at Yogyakarta. The Boeing 737-400 – owned by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda – had travelled from the capital Jakarta.

At least 49 people however have been confirmed dead. It is believed problems started well before landing, with passenger reports of the plane shaking violently. As casualties are treated in hospital, it has emerged that several Australian government officials and journalists were among the 140 people on board flight GA 200.

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