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Crash pilots 'blame wind gust'

Disaster News: Indonesia
Photo: A Garuda Boeing 737-400 plane crashed on landing at Yogyakarta airport in Java, Indonesia. The plane, carrying 140 people, burst into flames as it landed, killing at least 21 people and injuring nearly 100 others. View All Images

March 07, 2007
The pilots of the Garuda plane that crashed on landing at Yogyakarta Airport are blaming a huge gust of wind for the accident. The pilots told Indonesian authorities the aircraft hit the runway hard because of the wind. "They say that there was some interference with the landing and that was a natural interference caused by a huge gust of wind that took the plane off track as it came into landing." The deadly fireball that engulfed the jet was likely sparked when the plane's front wheels snapped off on landing, investigators say.

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