Plane misses Bali runway and lands in sea


This television grab taken from Indonesia’s TV One on April 13, 2013 shows a Lion Air Boeing 737 jet that overshot the runway during landing, sitting in the water at Bali’s international airport near Denpasar. The plane was carrying more than 130 passengers all of who survived, a transport ministry official said. INDONESIA OUT AFP PHOTO / TV ONE

DENPASAR, Indonesia – A passenger jet operated by budget airline Lion Air – which recently sealed blockbuster orders for new planes – missed the runway at Bali airport Saturday 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 Agence France-Presse.

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.

The national transportation safety committee “will investigate the cause of the incident”, he said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were injured in the incident or what the nationalities of the passengers were.

Lion Air, a little-known carrier launched 13 years ago with just one plane, has in recent times struck two of the world’s largest aircraft orders in a staggering $46 billion bet on Indonesia’s air transport boom.

France announced last month that Indonesia’s fastest-growing airline had agreed to buy 234 medium-haul A320 jets worth $23.8 billion (18.4 billion euros) from European aerospace giant Airbus.

It came after Lion Air astounded the industry with a $22.4 billion deal for 230 Boeing 737 airliners, inked in 2011 as a visiting US President Barack Obama looked on.

Bali is a hugely popular holiday destination, welcoming millions of foreign tourists from around the world every year.

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  • ReneV

    this should never happen to our carriers operating in the Philippines or anywhere else. Pinoy pilots and crews should be the best! i always fly PAL from SFO going to MNL and had the best flights and landings ever… best food, too.

    • Marcos5

      I concur pinoy pilots and crews Are the Best.

    • gibo772000

      Best landings in Manila despite of potholes on the runway, that’s more impressive to Pinoy Pilots.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Very few airlines are taking the risk to land in Manila thanks such bad maintenances, the pity state of NAIA terminal is the mirror of the technical flying infrastructures.
        Where do the airport taxes money are going ?
        There is a leading airport with the same number of passenger and taxes who has the top of the line technical infrastructures and terminal !
        In this airport the minimum salary is equivalent to 5000.-US $ X 14 months

        Filipino’s should weak up !

      • ReneV

        there you are again, you lying communist! there are more than 23 airlines that land in NAIA. well, in previous posts, you said you flew out almost weekly in gulfstreams with crews outnumbering passengers! ano ang ano? enjoying the perks of your subservience?

      • AlexanderAmproz

        I am a world citizen, the Philippines don’t fit to private Jets as their owner are usually afraid by safety concern, not only at the Airport, ad on that the Philippines businessmen reputation is among if not the worst.
        My favorite carrier for the Philippines is Cathay Pacific, they are the best by far ! In Europe Swissair will do the trick.

        What do you think about JPE, Consunji, Licio Tan, Cojuengco and al ?
        In case I will cross them on the street I will change side walk.

    • kwaychow

      I do hear our Pinoy pilots are quite good ones. Thus, maintain that, do constant training and check on the planes. I like traveling so I want to arrive in my destination safe and in one piece. :-)

      • AlexanderAmproz

        The only safety with PAL is Lufthansa taking care of the PAL Airbus,
        almost everything else is bula bula…

        Better to trust a Trapos than PAL the Marcos Crony Airline

      • ReneV

        lufthansa technik takes care of all PAL planes. i was boarding a boeing 747-400 when i saw one maintenance guy pass by me. he is a Pinoy wearing a lufthansa technik vest. the problem with you chink wanna be is that you are too focused earning your 50 cent for every message. everything you say is bula bula.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        You are errant,
        by luck I am flying more often non commercial BBJ or Gulf-stream 5 jet with more crew than passengers, then your 50 cent you can put them where you enjoy.

        Aside that your comment is perspiring racism, it is smelly.

        Clever Pinoy’s who can access to knowledge’s and informations are as good than any other human with the same chances and cleverness, but Filipino’s charming temper is something special, others can hardly get it as long they don’t grow in the Philippines.

        This is not a valid ground to be blind and trying to take a revenge on a repulsive fake Nationalism !

        The Philippines is a failed country thanks a fake knowledge’s instilled on purposes since Magellan, by one of the ugliest Colonialism still alive today, using without compunctions fake text books to teach children’s.
        This is just another form of criminality haunting a wonderful country under total destructions…

      • ReneV

        as if you are so smart but a half lying old man…what’s worse is that you are a lying old man. you did not know that lufthansa tecknik services all PAL planes. what you wrote just proves your ignorance. everything that you write is bula bula.

      • Chrisnadal19

        But lufthansa technik crews are Filipinos too right? Here in Manila!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        In Clark Airport.
        Don’t worry, Filipino’s are excellent, charming, friendly, everybody love them, they are welcome, but poor Filipino’s, What a messy colonial criminal inherited Administration and Politics.

      • ReneV

        what a liar you are

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Sorry for you, but your memory is short.

      Till recently NAIA airport was black listed for a long time as well PAL for the 747 Pilots licenses checked by helicopters instructors !

      PAL was also ban of the European sky during many years, maybe still today.
      I got so many problems with PAL, you can’t believe, during the eighties it was the worst airlines with Burma airways I ever ride.

      Still PAL is the best way for the Cebu-Manila flight, business class is mandatory.

      For HK or other destinations, Cathay Pacific is by far my favorite and the Best, Economy class is perfect, Business class excellent, First class a dream.
      no comparison possible.

      I am used to take one flight a week for the last 30 years, mostly long range.

      NB:Garuda was also ban from the European sky during many years.
      In Denpasar a friend of mine went into the airport swamp beside the runway, with a 747 Jumbo who broke in two parts, no casualties, airplane excepted.

      • ReneV

        as you say it, you are ancient. i only got the travel bug starting from the late 90’s because i am younger than you. you fly the best airlines you want and i will fly with what is comfortable with me.

      • Chrisnadal19

        Im not sure if it’s really safety or just plain protectionist policies.

  • niejannkhumar

    It begun as a flight…and ended as a cruise.

    • Godzilla

      pwede rin ” fly like an air… arrived like a mermaid! “

  • julieboy

    Good weather and overshooting the runway,landing into the sea.Only one explanation,pilot training and the standards Lion have for the flight crew.Luckily everyone survived.

    • NoPeopleLuck

      I guess they want to experience a water landing if their floater works!

  • charlie_oscar

    And worse: aircrew taking drugs. In February, a pilot of Lion Air, a major Indonesian carrier, was arrested for possession of shabu ice; in the past eight months, three other Lion Air pilots have been arrested on drugs charges, and a flight attendant who went public with charges of pilots regularly taking drugs said she received death threats.

    Although Lion Air is on the European blacklist, another major Indonesian carrier, Garuda, has met the European standards—having been forced, after a series of crashes, to pass a rigorous review.

    There is clearly an urgent need for a worldwide standard to determine when an airline should be banned for safety reasons.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Blame Miriam. She is a bad witch who put curses on this plane.

  • Monsi Serrano

    With the advent of fortified PAL (Philippine Airlines), the budget airline like CebuPac (notorious for very bad service and delayed or cancelled flights when flight is not fully booked) and Lion Air will be the last option for the frequent travelers. They might even be out in the market if the Philippine government will “open the sky”.

  • Chrisnadal19

    Nothing beats Pnoy pilots..

  • Billy Moreno

    Alexandre Amproz cannot even write in correct English and spells the words incorrectly, and he is so critical of PAL or of the Philippines, also saying he is a world citizen. This guy must be Crazy or hallucinating or fit to be in a Mental Hospital. So much yabang without proof means a mental case….sira-ulo!

  • Mux

    This report does not even say where the plane was from. Did it take off from Jakarta? Singapore? Where?

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