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 8) 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 ...

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