Lion Air plane rips wing on take-off in troubling times for low-cost carrier
The incident follows the deaths of 189 passengers who were killed on October 29 after one of the company's aircraft plunged into the Java Sea
A plane owned by low-cost Indonesian airline Lion Air has torn a wing on a runway in Indonesia just days after one of its flights crashed into the Java Sea, leaving 189 dead.
The jet's wing hit a lamp post on Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu on Wednesday evening, as it was preparing to leave for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near Jakarta.
The flight was cancelled and pilots grounded after the incident, Pramintohadi Sukarno, the Ministry of Transportation’s acting director general for air transportation said.
Lion Air says ground staff gave the pilots misleading directions leading to the accident
“The pilot only followed the instruction and directions from the Aircraft Movement Control (AMC) officer,” Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a statement.
A Boeing 737-MAX plane plunged into the Java Sea on October 29, killing 189 passengers and staff, leaving questions over the safety of the aircraft.
A joint search team has so far identified 44 victims of the Lion Air crash.
Updated: November 8, 2018 01:35 PM