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  • Garuda flight captain blames crash on 'downdraft'

    last from ATWonline, was most appropriate to land this one here.

    Friday March 9, 2007
    The pilot of the Garuda Indonesia 737-400 that crashed in Yogyakarta said a major, unexpected downdraft caused the accident, according to the president of the Garuda Pilots Assn.

    The captain survived the crash in which 21 passengers and one crew (ATWOnline, March were killed and reportedly is being held in a military hospital. The head of GPA, identified in media reports as Captain Stephanus, said the -400 pilot reported that conditions were normal when the aircraft was 1,000 ft. above the runway. But then "the captain felt a downdraft" and the aircraft sank "rapidly," Stephanus said.

    Witnesses and surviving passengers have said that the jet appeared to approach the runway at a high rate of speed. According to Stephanus, the captain "said there was a problem. There was something wrong with the flaps. The flaps cannot extend normally."

    The pilot has been a captain with Garuda for five years and has 22 years of experience, Stephanus said. The aircraft had 35,157 flight hr. and 37,328 cycles, according to Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network.
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    Please post in the Garuda crash thread!