KUPANG - A Fokker 100 plane belonging to Merpati Nusantara with flight number MZ 5840 has made an emergency landing on the El Tari airport of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province. The plane made the landing last night. After the landing a number of passengers was in shock and a few had passed out.
The plane with 84 passengers that departed from Makassar in South Sulawes had to fly circles above the airport because there were problems with the landing gear of the plane. At the end the plane ran out of fuel and had to land forcefully. When the plane was landing, there was a rain of sparks emerging, but the plane did not catch fire.
After the incident, the airport was closed down because the plane was in the middle of the landing strip.