Garuda Indonesia Flight 152

Aviation accident

Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 was a scheduled domestic Indonesian passenger flight from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Polonia International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra. It was flown using an Airbus A300B4 registered PK-GAI and operated Garuda Indonesia.

Garuda Indonesia Flight 152
PK-GAI, the aircraft involved in the accident, at Denpasar in 1988
Date26 September 1997
SummaryControlled flight into terrain due to pilot error, ATC error, and GPWS malfunction
SiteNear Pancur Batu, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, Indonesia
03°20′28.2″N 98°34′26.6″E / 3.341167°N 98.574056°E / 3.341167; 98.574056
Aircraft typeAirbus A300B4-220
OperatorGaruda Indonesia
IATA flight No.GA152
ICAO flight No.GIA152
Call signIndonesia 152
Flight originSoekarno-Hatta Int'l Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia
DestinationPolonia Int'l Airport,
Medan, Indonesia

On September 26, 1997, Flight 152, piloted by Hance Rahmowiyogo, crashed into mountainous woodlands 30 miles (48 km) from Medan during low visibility caused by the 1997 Southeast Asian haze. All 234 passengers and crew were killed in the disaster.[1] Rahmowiyogo, age 42, had over 20 years of flying experience at Garuda Indonesia and over 12,000 flying hours. The crash site was in a ravine near the village of Buah Nabar in the Sibolangit district south of Medan.[2]

Flight 152 remains the deadliest single-plane crash in Indonesia, and the deadliest aviation accident in 1997.


  1. Seth Mydan (September 27, 1997). "Indonesia Jet Crash Kills All 234 Aboard; Haze Was a Possible Cause". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  2. "Accident Photo: Garuda Indonesia 152 - Airbus A300 PK-GAI". AirDisaster.Com. September 26, 1997. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.