- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: January 16, 2002
Time: 16:29
Location: Near Solo, Indonesia
Operator: Garuda Indonesia Airlines
Flight #: 421
Route: Mataram - Yogyakarta - Jakarta
AC Type: Boeing B-737-3Q8
Registration: PK-GWA
cn / ln: 24403/1706
Aboard: 62   (passengers:54  crew:8)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft suffered a flame out of both engines in torrential rains while on approach to Yogyakarta. The crew made an emergency landing in the Bengawan Solo River, in shallow water. The plane circled several times before diving in a steep course towards the river. The plane's left wing struck a river bank before it plunged into the water. The reason the crew flew into extreme weather was the heavy rain and hail was shadowed on the radar and blocked from radar view. In addition, the airplane had a partially failed battery which was exhausted by two attempts to restart the engines, producing a total electrical failure. A flight attendant drowned in the shallow water when she jumped from the plane.
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