Yahukimo Nop Goliat Dekai Airport experienced a total of nine gunshots. Four gunshots were heard on March 11 as Trigana Air (IL), based in Jakarta, was flying a domestic route in Papua, Indonesia. From Jayapura Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport (DJJ) to Yahukimo Nop Goliat Dekai Airport, a Boeing 737-500 was used for the flight, which had the identifier IL221 (DEX).
Four gunshots were heard as the plane neared the Yahukimo airport and there were reportedly 66 passengers on board. There were no reported casualties or damages, and the airplane could land without incident.
Jayapura Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport
Five more shots were fired as IL222 took off for its return flight to Jayapura, but the jet continued and made a safe landing on runway 30 at Jayapura Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport.
A gunshot hole was discovered in the fuselage during a post-flight inspection when the aircraft arrived at Jayapura. Seat 7C looks to have also been hit by this gunfire. According to reports, the gunshot hurt one of the passengers. The seven culprits of the act were located by police, and they have all been detained pending more investigation.
A Boeing 737-500 with the registration PK-YSC has been in service for 30 years. The airplane has stayed on the Jayapura Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport’s apron ever since the incident.
The aircraft, which joined Trigana Air in September 2020, has had a colorful past, operating for seven other carriers before becoming part of the Trigana Air fleet. Previously operating for:
- LOT Polish Airlines – May 1992 to April 1993 (with registration SE-DNK)
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines – April 1993 to November 1994 (with registration SE-DNK)
- British Midland Airways – November 1994 to February 2001 (with registration G-BVKD)
- BMI British Midland – February 2001 to April 2003 (with registration G-BVKD)
- bmibaby – April 2003 to July 2013 (with registration G-BVKD)
- KalStar Aviation – July 2013 to June 2017 (with registration PK-KSP) – the aircraft was stored in mid-2015
- Expressair – June 2017 to September 2020 (with registration PK-TZD)
- Trigana Air – September 2020 (with registration PK-YSC)
Ten aircraft are operated by Trigana Air Service, which is registered under that name and is based at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta. The fleet consists of a mix of six Boeing 737-300, one Boeing 737-400, one Boeing 737-500, one ATR 42-300, and one Dornier 328-100, with the newest aircraft being 25 years old.
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Beginning operations with two Beechcraft King Air 200, the airline later that year added two Bell412SP helicopters. In 2021, J&T Express, an Indonesian logistics and express delivery business collaborated with Trigana Air. A portion of J&T Express’s cargo delivery activities would now be carried out using Trigana Air planes thanks to the agreement.
When the majority of Indonesian airlines were barred from using European airspace in 2018, Trigana Air was on the EU aviation blacklist.
With over 278 million people living there, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and the airline maintains a limited domestic presence, serving 20 destinations there.
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