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A Happy Ending in Ende

Trans Nusa Jet Bursts Tire In Ende, Flores on Kupang to Bali Flight.

(1/26/2012) A British Aerospace BAE-146/200 Aviastar Jet operated by Trans Nusa Airlines burst a tire while landing at Haji Hasan Aroeboesman Airport in Ende (Flores) on a Kupang - Ende - Labuan Bajo - Denpasar flight on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

The incident occurred at 2:30 pm when Trans Nusa flight MV 837's left-inside tire burst, creating a loud explosive noise and a cloud of smoke.

There were no injuries reported in connection with the mishap that, according to Kompas.com, caused panic among the the the public waiting at the airport to greet arriving passengers and among passengers waiting to embark on the Bali-bound flight.

Genoveva Ule, at the airport with her child to greet her husband, Frans Ave, a local parliamentarian on the inbound Trans Nusa flight, said, "I immediately called my child, (saying) let's go to the airplane, the airplane is on fire."

Passengers on the aircraft said the plane made a hard landing on the runway, followed by a loud noise. The plane, however, continued a normal roll out before parking on the apron. Passengers only became aware of the damaged tire when they disembarked the jet.

The plane was carrying 59 passengers at the time of the incident.

Meanwhile, the business development manager of Trans Nusa Aviation Mandiri, Vudhy Karsidin, confirmed the plan had suffered a burst tire. He said the tire failed ahead of the schedule routine replacement time recommended by the manufacturer.

The incident caused a delay for 41 passengers who were were scheduled to fly on Wednesday afternoon from Ende to Labuan Bajo and continuing to Denpasar (Bali). The passengers were only able to continue their journey on Thursday morning, January 26, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. after a replacement tire could be flown in from Kupang.