A Boeing 737-200 (PK-JRM) of Indonesian airline Jayawijaya Dirgantara suffered a runway excursion at Wamena Airport, Indonesia. Website aviationsafety.net reported that: “after landing, when the thrust reversers were deployed, the no.2 engine reverser clam shell doors with supporting structure separated from the airplane. Directional control was lost and the aircraft ran off the runway onto the grass. The aircraft carried 12,500 kg of cargo.”
According to planespotters.net the airline has three Boeing 737-200 in its fleet with an average age of 41 years old, the airline however has planned to add one Boeing 737-500.
The registration of the aircraft is PK-JRM, and it is a 43 years old plane. Jayawijaya Dirgantara currently has 3 planes in its fleet, all of which are old Boeing 737-200s. The airline’s fleet has an average age of 40.9 years. The airline isexpecting a Boeing 737-500 to be deliverd to its fleet.
This is the first time an airplane has its reverser separate from the plane during the process of take off or landing. Considering the age of this plane, it is possible to happen.