Lion Air B737

Lion Air B737 skids off runway at Indonesian airport

SUPADIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – February 16, 2019. A Lion Air Boeing 737-800NG skidded off a runway at the airport on the Indonesian island of Borneo on Saturday due to heavy rain, the airline said to Reuters. Nobody was injured.

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The aircraft was flying from Jakarta to Pontianak, with 182 passengers and seven crew members onboard, Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a statement.

The B737 skidded off the runway as it was trying to land at Supadio International Airport, a regional hub airport. The airport services a small number of international flights.

The accident led to the closure of the runway, local media reported. Representatives for Supadio airport as well as Indonesian air traffic control AirNav did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Last year a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed. Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea – north of Jakarta – on October 29, 2018 shortly after departure from the Soekarno-Hatta international airport. All 181 passengers and 8 crew members were killed.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, Lion Air – the market leader in Indonesia – has had 11 safety incidents since 2002.

Lion Air spokesman Prihantoro said Lion Air was working to evacuate the plane and that visibility had met landing requirements.

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