WAMENA AIRPORT IN PAPUA RESUMES OPERATIONS

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (April 23, 2002 - Xinhuanet)---Wamena Airport in Indonesia's Papua province resumed operations Tuesday after it was closed down Sunday when a Russian Antonov aircraft belonging to an Estonian airline crash-landed at the airport.

The head of the local transportation office, Soleiman Ch. Wairo, was quoted by the Antara News Agency as saying that a team from Indonesia's directorate general for air transportation had arrived in the provincial capital of Jayapura to investigate the mishap.

There were no casualties in the incident.

The pilot, copilot, two crewmembers and a 13-year-old child were able to escape before a fire gutted the aircraft's cabin.

The Russian-made aircraft was carrying seven tons of mixed cargo from Sentani Airport near the provincial capital of Jayapura.

KABAR-IRIAN ("Irian News") Websites: http://www.irja.org/index2.shtml and http://www.kabar-irian.com 

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