Lion Air plane smashes into electricity pole a week after deadly Indonesia crash


A Lion Air flight crashed into an electricity pole before take-off last night (November 7) just a week after one of its planes plunged into the sea with 189 people on board.

The Boeing 737-900 was moving towards the runway when the wing collided with a metal post at Fatmawati airport in Bengkulu, Indonesia, at approximately 6:30pm.

The collision ripped the left wing leaving a fragment dangling in the air and bent the pole over.

All passengers on flight JT-633 were transferred to a second plane and they arrived in the capital Jakarta at 11:50pm, four hours later than scheduled.

Pramintohadi Sukarno, Acting Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, said the plane and pilots have been grounded while they investigate.

He said: ''The aircraft nudged the pole while travelling to the runway. We have instructed Kabandara to ensure that airlines fulfil their obligations in accordance with the provisions by providing compensation for late flights to passengers.''

Lion Air corporate communications strategic executive Danang Mandala Prihantoro apologised over the incident and said that a team had been deployed to examine the plane.

He said: ''Lion Air apologises to all passengers for the inconvenience caused by the incident.''