Sunday, 18 November 2018 | 07:14 WIB

Ministry of Transportation to Investigate Lion Air Incident in Bengkulu

Lion Air’s JT-633 hit parking poles at Fatmawati Airport, Bengkulu

JAKARTA, NNC - Ministry of Transportation through the Acting Director General of Air Transportation, M Pramintohadi Sukarno said it will investigate the incident of Lion Air aircraft which hit the coordinate pole at Fatmawati Airport Bengkulu on Wednesday (11/7/2018) night.

"We have received a preliminary report from the Head of Fatmawati Bengkulu Airport that the wing of Lion Air’s JT633 departing from Fatmawati Bengkulu Airport towards Soekarno Hatta Airport hit the Stand 3 parking pole in front of the Airport VIP building causing the left wing of the aircraft to be damaged," Pramintohadi said.

Lion Air aircraft type Boeing 737-900 ER, registration PK-LGY with flight number JT 633 which will depart from Fatmawati Bengkulu Airport to Soekarno Hatta Airport in Banten at around 18.20 GMT hit the pole when going to the runway.

As a result, the left wing of the aircraft was damaged and the flight that was supposed to carry 145 passengers and seven crew members was canceled and transferred to another aircraft.

Pramintohadi said the incident will be investigated by Aircraft Quality and Operation Inspectors, Airport Inspectors and Aviation Navigation Inspectors. Currently the aircraft and pilots have been grounded for investigation.

The passengers have returned to the terminal departure and were scheduled to depart with another Lion Air aircraft at around 10:10 p.m. GMT.