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Monday 5th of September 2005

19 Years Ago the Durian Was to Blame

149 Die in Mandala Airlines Flight 91 Boeing 737-230 Adv crash in Polonia International Airport, Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia.

The plane crashed into a heavily populated residential area seconds after taking off. Dozens of houses and cars were destroyed and 49 people perished on the ground. 17 passengers survived the accident. Observers reported smelling Durian fruit in the crash, leading to suggestions that the plane was overloaded with the prized fruit. The director of the airline initially denied that durian was on board but later admitted that 2,7 tonnes were loaded.

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