Garuda Indonesia Flight 421

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Garuda Indonesia Flight 421
A Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-300, similar to the accident aircraft.
Accident summary
Date January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16)
Summary Engine flameout
Site Bengawan Solo River
Passengers 54
Crew 6
Fatalities 1 (flight attendant)
Survivors 59
Aircraft type Boeing 737-3Q8
Operator Garuda Indonesia
Registration PK-GWA
Flight origin Selaparang Airport, Ampenan, Indonesia
Destination Adisucipto International Airport, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 was a scheduled domestic flight operated by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia covering about 625 kilometers, from Ampenan to Yogyakarta. On January 16, 2002, the Boeing 737-300 aircraft experienced a flameout in both of its CFM International CFM56 engines about 90 seconds after entering a thunderstorm with heavy rain and hail after the BLORA point.[clarification needed] The crew tried, but failed, to restart the engines three times. They then tried to start the auxiliary power unit which failed as well. The co-pilot tried to transmit a Mayday, but failed. Then, the aircraft disappeared from the radar and Jogja Tower asked the Pelita Air plane to take a holding above the Solo and its region. As the aircraft descended below the overcast layer of clouds at approximately 8,000 ft above ground level, the pilots saw the Bengawan Solo River and decided to attempt a ditching with the flaps and gear retracted.[1] When the aircraft made an emergency landing, the plane hit a rock in the river and underwent sudden decompression that caused one flight attendant to be sucked away from the plane. Additionally, some passengers and flight attendants received minor injuries. After the emergency landing, the Pilot, Capt. Abdul Razak contacted the Jogja Tower, and said that they had made an emergency landing on Bengawan Solo. The evacuation team arrived shortly after the incident and all the passengers were evacuated safely. The aircraft was written off as a total loss.[2]


The aircraft, a Boeing 737-3Q8, registration PK-GWA, was acquired and the first 737 flown by Garuda Indonesia. The aircraft was manufactured in 1988 and delivered in 1989.[3]

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  1. ^ "Safety Recommendation, August 31, 2005". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Final Report PK-GWA release GA Solo". National Transportation Safety Committee. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  3. ^ Garuda Indonesia PK-GWA (Airfleets). Retrieved: 20 May 2013.

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