Narrative:Flight GA152 (Jakarta-Medan) was cleared for an ILS approach to Medan runway 05 and was flying on a 316deg heading on Airway 585/W12. Having descended to 3000 feet the crew were instructed to turn left heading 240deg for vectoring to intercept the runway 05 ILS. At 13:28 the flight was instructed to continue on a 215deg heading and descend to 2000 feet. At 13:30 ATC directed the flight to turn right heading 046 and report when establishing the localizer. Confusion on the part of the air traffic controller followed over whether GA152 was turning left or right. Just 10 seconds after confirming the right turn, the Airbus crashed in a wooded area, broke up and burst into flames. The wreckage covered a 150x75m area near the village of Pancur Batu, which is located at 900-1000m amsl.
The region was affected by smog from forest fires; visibility was reported to be 600-800m.
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Distance from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Medan-Polonia Airport as the crow flies is 1389 km (868 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.