Passenger jet lands in sea
Denpasar (AFP): A passenger jet operated by budget airline Lion Air -- which recently sealed blockbuster orders for new planes � missed the runway at...
Denpasar (AFP): A passenger jet operated by budget airline Lion Air -- which recently sealed blockbuster orders for new planes � missed the runway at Bali airport today and landed in the sea but everybody on board survived. The Boeing jet carrying more than 100 passengers missed the runway as it came in to land in good weather conditions at Denpasar airport on the Indonesian resort island, transport ministry official Herry Bhakti told AFP. Bhakti initially said the plane overshot the runway, but later clarified his comments to say that it landed straight in the water. Images of the incident site showed the plane partially submerged in the water with inflatable slides deployed from the front exits and a large crack in the fuselage towards the rear of the aircraft. Passengers in life jackets could be seen in the water. "The plane was about to land when suddenly it fell into the sea. People on board panicked and began screaming," a passenger named Dewi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP, her voice still shaking. She received light head injuries and was taken to Denpasar hospital where an AFP correspondent saw another nine people receiving treatment. A Lion Air spokesman said the 737-800 was carrying 101 passengers and seven crew members. The passengers included 95 adults, five children, and one baby. Bhakti initially said it had been carrying more than 130 passengers. He said the aircraft started operating in 2012 and was new. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured in the incident or what the nationalities of the passengers were.
18 Jan 2020 12:58 PM GMT