Garuda Indonesia Flight 035

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Garuda Indonesia Flight 035
Garuda McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 Wallner.jpg
A Garuda Indonesia McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 similar to the one involved.
Accident summary
Date 4 April 1987
Summary Crashed on approach in bad weather
Site Medan Airport, Indonesia
Passengers 37
Crew 8
Fatalities 23
Injuries (non-fatal) 22
Survivors 22
Aircraft type Douglas DC-9-32
Operator Garuda Indonesia
Registration PK-GNQ
Flight origin Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport, Banda Aceh Indonesia
Destination Polonia Airport, Medan Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia Flight 035 was a domestic Garuda Indonesia flight that struck a pylon and crashed on approach to Medan-Polonia Airport on 4 April 1987.[1] 23 of the 45 passengers and crew on board were killed in the accident.


The aircraft was on an Instrument Landing System approach to Medan Airport in a thunderstorm.[2] The aircraft struck electrical power lines and crashed short of the runway. The aircraft broke up and the tail section separated and fire broke out.[3]

Most of the survivors escaped through breaks in the fuselage and 11 were flung free of the aircraft.[3] Four of the eight crew died and 19 passengers suffered fatal injuries due to smoke inhalation and burns.[3] Four crew and 18 passengers suffered serious injuries.[3] All of the fatalities were a result of the fire and not due to the impact with the ground.[3]


The flight was carried out by a 1976-built Douglas DC-9-32 registered PK-GNQ. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.[4]


  1. ^ UK CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary
  2. ^ "Garuda loses DC-9". Flight International: 2. 11 April 1987. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "CAA Paper 2002/04 A benefit analysis for Cabin water spray systems and enhanced fuselage burnthrough protection" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network