Senior minister probes fatal Indonesian air crash

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Indonesia’s Security Minister has been appointed by the country’s president to investigate a plane crash that has killed at least 23 people.

Authorities say they are looking into the possibility of what they call “non-technical” causes for the disaster at Yogyakarta airport.

The Garuda passenger plane crash-landed and burst into flames. More than 115 people managed to escape through emergency exits.

About 19 foreigners were among those on board, nine of them Australian diplomatic staff and reporters.

They were travelling from Jakarta ahead of foreign minister Alexander Downer, who is on an official visit with the Australian Attorney-General.

Downer said several Australians are still unaccounted for and others have suffered various injuries.

Survivors say the Boeing 737-400 shook violently as it approached the airport and then shot off the runway.

Only two months ago more than a 100 people died when a plane crashed into the sea off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.