Lion Air Boeing 737 skids off runway
A Lion Air Boeing 737-800 has skidded off the runway at Supadio International Airport after attempting to land in heavy rain and poor visibility.
The aircraft, registered PK-LPS, was performing flight JT714 from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta Airport with 189 passengers and crew onboard when the incident occurred.
Upon reaching the end of the runway, the landing gear rolled onto muddy grass, leaving the aircraft bogged with its engines and forward section in the ground, subsequently leaving the runway closed. Authorities are working to remove the aircraft to minimize disruptions.
Musibah lagi lion air JT 714 PK-LPS hari ini di pontianak kluar landasan pic.twitter.com/iCkrJKkBgs
— Inggiaza (@piterlinggi84) February 16, 2019
It’s been confirmed that no injuries were received by any of the passengers and crew onboard and that everyone has been moved from the aircraft and sent to shelter.
For those interested in the weather at the time:
WIOO 160830Z 09005KT 0500 +TSRA FEW003CB BKN004 26/24 Q1010
WIOO 160800Z 21010KT 5000 -RA FEW011CB BKN012 28/24 Q1010 TEMPO FM0810 3000 TSRA
WIOO 160730Z 13003KT 9999 FEW012CB SCT013 31/24 Q1009
Here are some more photos and videos of the incident:
— dara (@daulatrakyat18) February 16, 2019
This incident comes not long after a brand-new Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff killing everyone onboard. Lion Air has had 11 safety incidents recorded under its name since 2002, plenty of them being noted as runway excursion cases.
It’s also worth noting Lion Air had an interesting passenger on one of their aircraft recently too, where a passenger travelling on JT293 on the 15th of February 2019 spotted a scorpion lurking around the overhead lockers.
An investigation has been opened for this incident and the aircraft has been thoroughly checked to ensure it was a one-off siting.
More information on JT714 to come shortly.