Lion Air Flight Crashes Into Lamp Post A Week After JT610 Went Down
A second Lion Air flight has crashed, one week after a Boeing aircraft crashed into the ocean, killing all 189 people on board.
Lion Air flight JT633 crashed into a pole at Fatmawati airport in Bengkulu, Indonesia on Wednesday as it was about to take off for Jakarta, reported Channel News Asia.
The crash caused the left wing to tear, with social media photos showing a fragment dangling from the wing.
"The Lion Air wing hit the pole at Fatmawati Bengkulu airport," Facebook user Irsan Hidayat wrote, posting photos of the wing.
No-one was hurt in the incident. Another aircraft was deployed to transport the 143 passengers to Jakarta, reports CNN Indonesia.
Both the plane and the pilots have been grounded for "investigative purposes", said Acting Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Pramintohadi Sukarno.
He said the aircraft had "nudged" the pole while travelling to the runway, reported local news site Tempo.
"We have instructed Kabandara to ensure that airlines fulfil their obligations in accordance with the provisions by providing compensation for late flights to passengers," he said.
It comes one week after Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.
Boeing issued a safety warning over a potential issue with the aircraft, but investigators are still piecing together what caused the crash.
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