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Lion Air Boeing 737 with 189 people on board skids off Borneo runway

Lion Air Boeing 737 with 189 people on board skids off Borneo runway as pilot tries to land it during heavy rain

  • Lion Air jet was coming in to land at Supadio International Airport when slipped
  • Plane, carrying 182 passengers and seven crew members, flying from Jakarta
  • Passengers were quickly evacuated and no injuries were suffered, airline said

A Lion Air passenger plane with 189 people on board skidded off a runway in Borneo as the pilot tried to land it during heavy rain.

The Boeing 737-800NG airliner was flying between Jakarta and Pontianak in Indonesia when it slipped from the landing strip and tumbled into a nearby field.

The jet had 182 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time, but Lion Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro confirmed there were no injuries.

The Boeing 737-800NG airliner was flying between Jakarta and Pontianak in Indonesia when it slipped from the landing strip and tumbled into a nearby field

The jet had 182 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time, but Lion Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro confirmed there were no injuries.

The jet had 182 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time, but Lion Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro confirmed there were no injuries.

The runway at Supadio International Airport, which services a small number of international flights, was closed following the near-miss.

Mr Prihantoro said Lion Air worked quickly to evacuate the plane and confirmed that visibility in the rain had met landing requirements.

Mobile phone footage shows how the aircraft suddenly veered to the left before landing in the wet ground. 

Terrified passengers had to scramble from the exit and walk along the wing. The wheels of the plane were almost entirely sunken into the sodden ground.

Polana Pramesti, Director General of Air Relations at the country’s Ministry of Transportation, confirmed the crash. 

He said: ‘It is true, the plane slipped due to heavy rain. There were no fatalities and the entire crew survived.’

Flights from the Supadio International Airport were cancelled while workers battled to drag the Boeing away from the runway. 

Emergency services were pictured helping passengers escape the plane from an inflatable slide at the front door.

Other workers, in metallic silver jackets, were seen moving the broken wing of the jet as rain and fog continued to fall on the Indonesian island.

A spokesperson said Lion Air worked quickly to evacuate the plane and confirmed that visibility in the rain had met landing requirements 

A spokesperson said Lion Air worked quickly to evacuate the plane and confirmed that visibility in the rain had met landing requirements 

Photographs taken from inside the fallen airliner show rain beating down on a passenger window. 

Another Lion Air jet, a Boeing 737 MAX, crashed into the Java Sea in October last year – killing all 189 passengers on board just 13 minutes after taking off.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the airline has had 11 safety incidents since 2002.  

Photographs taken from inside the fallen airliner show rain beating down on a passenger window as the jet sat on a field near Supadio International Airport

Lion Air, the market leader in Indonesia, suffered the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in October

Photographs taken from inside the fallen airliner show rain beating down on a passenger window as the jet sat on a field near Supadio International Airport

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