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Flames Engulf Indonesian Jet, Killing 21

7 March 2007

A packed jetliner burst into flames Wednesday as it landed on Java island, killing 21 people, but more than 110 other people escaped the burning wreckage, many with severe burns, the airline and witnesses said.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said about 10 of his citizens were on board the Garuda airlines plane.

“‘It is a terrible tragedy,'” Howard told a nationally television news conference. “‘Many lives have been lost, and our love and sympathy and condolences go to those who are suffering distress and grief.'”

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