A Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER has skidded off the runway while attempting to backtrack, after landing in Lampung, Indonesia. The aircraft’s right main landing gear left the paved surface, it then became stuck in the muddy ground beside the runway.
The B737 was performing Flight JT173 from Batam to Bandar Lampung, on Sumatra Island with 132 people onboard. After making a safe landing on Runway 14, the aircraft attempted to use the second turn pad to backtrack. During the turn, which was conducted at a safe taxi speed, the aircraft departed the runway, with its right landing gear coming to a stop in the mud.
Airline spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro confirmed that the Boeing 737-900ER landed during heavy rain, although visibility was more than adequate for a safe landing.
“All passengers and crew members are safe. They have been evacuated to the airport’s terminal.”Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Corporate Communications spokesman, Lion Air
Feature Image via Flight Global and Lion Air