Garuda Indonesia Flight 035 was a domestic Garuda Indonesia flight that struck a pylon and crashed on approach to Medan-Polonia Airport on 4 April 1987.[1] 23 of the 45 passengers and crew on board were killed in the accident.

Garuda Indonesia Flight 035
Garuda McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 Wallner.jpg
A Garuda Indonesia McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 similar to the one involved.
Accident
Date4 April 1987
SummaryCrashed on approach in bad weather
SiteMedan Airport, Indonesia
Aircraft
Aircraft typeDouglas DC-9-32
OperatorGaruda Indonesia
RegistrationPK-GNQ
Flight originSultan Iskandar Muda Airport, Banda Aceh Indonesia
DestinationPolonia Airport, Medan Indonesia
Passengers37
Crew8
Fatalities23
Injuries22
Survivors22

AccidentEdit

The aircraft was on an Instrument Landing System approach to Medan Airport in a thunderstorm.[2] The aircraft struck electrical power lines and crashed short of the runway. The aircraft broke up and the tail section separated and fire broke out.[3]

Most of the survivors escaped through breaks in the fuselage and 11 were flung free of the aircraft.[3] Four of the eight crew died and 19 passengers suffered fatal injuries due to smoke inhalation and burns.[3] Four crew and 18 passengers suffered serious injuries.[3] All of the fatalities were a result of the fire and not due to the impact with the ground.[3]

AircraftEdit

The flight was carried out by a 1976-built Douglas DC-9-32 registered PK-GNQ. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UK CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary
  2. ^ "Garuda loses DC-9". Flight International: 2. 11 April 1987.
  3. ^ a b c d e "CAA Paper 2002/04 A benefit analysis for Cabin water spray systems and enhanced fuselage burnthrough protection" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. 7 April 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  4. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network