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Passengers escape Indonesian air crash

Passengers escape Indonesian air crash

An MA-60 aircraft operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines has crash landed in Indonesia with 52 people on board.

Two people were injured in the accident, with no reports of fatalities.

The state-operated aircraft was coming in to land at El Tari airport in Kupang city at 9:40 local time when it hit the runway at speed, leaving its engines jammed facedown into the tarmac and its wings bent forward.

The plane was on a domestic flight from the central island of Flores.

The accident is the latest to hit the growing Indonesian aviation sector.

In April this year a passenger jet carrying 108 people operated by Lion Air missed the runway as it came into land on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea and splitting in two.

Dozens of people were injured but no one died.

In May 2011 an MA-60 operated by Merpati crashed in West Papua province, killing 25 people.

Merpati has been banned from flying in European Union airspace since 2007.