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INDONESIAN investigators probing the crash of an airliner in northern Sumatra suspect engine failure may have caused the disaster in which 150 people died.
Workers combing the wreckage of the Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200, which crashed in a Medan suburb on Monday, found a damaged fan blade, a fault that may indicate problems with the plane's fuel combustion process.
"We found that the fan blade engine was in a damaged condition visually," Setio Raharjo, who heads a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Committee, said.
However, Reharjo said it was too early to reach a conclusion, and he warned that analysis of the 'black box' flight recorders would take time.
"No conclusion can be drawn yet," he said. "We are still conducting the investigation."