Planes collide while taxiing at Jakarta airport


Two passenger aircraft collided on the runway of an airport in the Indonesian capital, forcing its temporary closure. No injuries were reported.


The accident on Monday evening occurred at a military airport that also handles civilian flights to ease congestion at Jakarta’s main commercial airport.


Batik Air said in a statement that its plane carrying 49 passengers and seven crew was “touched” while taxiing for takeoff by a TransNusa aircraft that was being towed.


Images posted online showed severe damage to the wing of the Batik Air jet, a Boeing 737-800.


The airline said passengers and crew were safely evacuated.