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Plane lands at wrong Indonesian airport

Oct. 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM   |   Comments

PADANG, Indonesia, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Indonesian officials said a pilot has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into why he landed a passenger jet at the wrong airport.

Authorities said the Sriwijaya Air jet, which took off from Medan, Sumatra, had 96 passengers aboard when it landed at the Tabing air force base instead of the Minangkabau airport in Padang, seven miles from the base, the BBC reported Monday.

Officials said the pilot, who is not from Indonesia, has been suspended and investigators are looking into the reason behind the wrong-airport landing.

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