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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Indonesian investigators arrived in central Java late Wednesday to begin a probe into the cause of a jetliner that burst into flames upon landing earlier in the day in central Java.

    Meanwhile, reports varied widely on the number of people who died from the fire aboard the Garuda Airlines passenger jet. The fire began as it landed Wednesday morning local time at Yogyakarta airport in central Java.

    Bambang Priyogi, the acting spokesman for Yogyakarta Governor and Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, said 21 bodies have been recovered. Provincial Secretary Bamban Susanto told Reuters that 49 people had died.

    The Boeing 737-400 was carrying 140 people, according to Garuda Airlines; 133 passengers and seven crew members.

    The jetliner was flying from Jakarta to Yogyakarta airport, about 300 miles (482 kilometers) east-southeast of the capital, when the incident took place

    The plane appeared to overshoot the runway, and eyewitnesses reported seeing flames shoot out and hearing an explosion, according to media reports.
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