The pilot of an Indonesian passenger jet that skidded off the runway after hitting cows that had strayed onto the landing strip of Jalaluddin airport said he could smell burning meat when the accident happened.
The Lion Air jet was landing at the airport in Gorontalo, Sulawesi island on Tuesday evening.
No one among the 110 passengers aboard the Jakarta flight was injured, but one cow was crushed to death under one of the plane’s middle wheels, head of Jalaluddin airport Agus Pramuka told AFP.
Iwan Permadi, the pilot of the Boeing 737-900 (similar to the one pictured above), said he saw the animals when he was preparing to land and thought they were dogs.
He said he could smell “burning meat” as the jet ran over the animal.
The plane suffered minor damage after skidding into the field next to the runway, with its tail still on the airstrip.
“Fortunately, the ground near the runway was wet and muddy, and the airplane was able to come to a stop. The atmosphere in the cabin was under control, although there was some smoke present,” Iwan told the state-run Antara news agency.
All the passengers managed to disembark safely, transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said.
The incident disrupted flights as hundreds of people were heading home during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, reports AFP.
by Maesie Bertumen
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