Aircraft misses runway, injuring around 40 people
Around 40 people were injured but there were no deaths when a Boeing 737-800 operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air missed the runway while approaching Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport on Saturday, ending up in shallow water. There were 101 passengers and seven crew members on board the domestic flight from Bandung Airport, according to Aviation Safety Network. The plane fell into the sea from a height of around 50 metres.
“At the time of the approach there were Cumulonimbus clouds in the area,” Aviation Safety Network said. “The wind direction began to change rapidly, varying between 110 and 270 degrees. According to eyewitnesses, it was raining in the approach path as flight 904 descended over sea toward Denpasar’s runway 09.”
Budget carrier Lion Air, Indonesia’s biggest airline, hit the headlines a month ago when it ordered 234 Airbus aircraft from the A320 family.
[pictured: Lion Air MD-82]