Airplane Crashes Into Sea; Several Injured But No Fatalities

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Lion Air — ship number PK-LKS — rests in the sea in two pieces after the crash, which is currently under investigation. Photograph courtesy of the Australian Federal Police and Indonesian Police.

A Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Lion Air as flight 904 missed landing on the runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport in southern Bali and instead crashed into shallow water in the sea just short of the runway.

All 101 passengers and seven flight crew members aboard the aircraft survived, although several people were transported to Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar for treatment of injuries which reportedly included scratches, broken bones and head wounds.

The fuselage of the aircraft — which was landing at the airport in Denpasar after originating in Bandung — was split into two pieces upon impact in the sea just west of the runway.

Bizarrely, weather conditions were reportedly good; there was no initial indication of any mechanical issues with the aircraft, which was newly manufactured within the past year; and the experienced pilot was in good health. The National Transportation Safety Committee of Indonesia has launched an investigation.

This is not the first incident involving an unsuccessful landing of an airplane operated by Lion Air, as a McDonnell Douglas MD-90 aircraft reportedly skidded off of the runway upon landing at Soekarno-Hatti International Airport in Jakarta during windy and rainy conditions four years ago. No injuries amongst the 166 passengers or six flight crew members were reported; although the aircraft sustained damage to its landing gear and left wing.

Another incident occurred in 2004 when an airplane operated by Lion Air skidded off of the runway upon landing at Adi Sumarmo International Airport in Solo. There were reportedly at least 26 fatalities amongst the 146 passengers aboard the aircraft — many of whom were injured. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft reportedly split into two pieces upon impact when it did not stop after it reached the end of the runway at the airport, located in the central Java region of Indonesia.

FlyerTalk members impart their experiences with Lion Air; but none appear to be overly impressed with the airline or its performance. Lion Air is supposedly one of the largest low-cost carriers in Indonesia, with much of its fleet comprising of newer aircraft.

Comments (Showing 2 of 2)

  • Zomba at 10:11pm April 15, 2013

    What a waste of a brand new aircraft 🙁 It’s certainly good news that nobody was seriously injured or killed.

    Given everything that I have read about the airline, I just can’t understand how they will be around to take delivery of all of those Boeing 737 and Airbii aircraft. More incidents like this and their expansion might be a bit slower than anticipated…

  • SLC2002 at 6:27am April 16, 2013

    I’ve flown Lion Air to Lombok and Bali multiple times. The landings were generally as hard as I’ve experienced anywhere. I thought we were going to go through the tarmac on one occasion. From now on I think I’ll be sticking with Asia Air…

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