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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) May 12, 2013

Passenger plane with 52 people on board crash-lands in eastern Indonesia Passengers on an Indonesian airliner had a lucky escape on Monday after their plane crashed on landing and broke in half, local news website Detik.com reported. The Chinese-made MA-60 aircraft, operated by state-owned Merpati Nusantara airlines, was coming in to land at an airport in East Nusa Tenggara province when the accident happened, said transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan. The turboprop was carrying 46 passengers, AP reported, when it made a hard landing at the El Tari airport. Several passengers were injured, but no fatalities were reported after the plane undershot the runway. There were 52 people on board, 46 passengers and six crew, said Merpati spokesman Herry Saptanto. "Two passengers sustained minor injuries from pieces of glass but they have left hospital and are now fine," he told AFP. "The plane is badly damaged, I don't think it can be used anymore." Pictures showed the Chinese-made turbo-prop plane lying on its belly on the runway with its engines jammed facedown into the tarmac and its wings bent forward. The airport will be closed for at least four hours until the plane can be removed, local transport authorities said. An investigation is underway. In 2011, Indonesia banned MA60 aircraft from three airports on safety grounds, after one crashed killing 25 people. Merpati has also been banned from flying in European Union airspace since 2007. May 10, 2013

Air Astana, Airbus Air Astana takes delivery of its first sharklet equipped A320. Air Astana, KazakhstanOs flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with AirbusO Sharklet fuel saving wing-tip devices. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall that improve the aircraftOs aerodynamics. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft of which Air Astana is the 13th operator worldwide and first in the region. By operating the aircraft, Air Astana will be offering a more environmental friendly service reducing its fuel burn up to four percent on longer sectors and carbon emissions on flights operated with this aircraft type by 1000 tons per aircraft per year. Moreover, Sharklets offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 200 kilometers more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. Air AstanaOs A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a comfortable two class cabin layout, seating 148 passengers in 16 business class and 132 in economy. Air Astana started commercial service with its first Airbus aircraft, an A320, in 2006, and is currently operating one A319, seven A320s and four A321s. OWe are delighted to receive our first A320 Sharklet equipped aircraft which will optimize our operating costs significantly, while reducing the environmental impact,O said Peter Foster, President, Air Astana. OWith the delivery of the first...

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