LionAir Flight Undershoots Bali Runway, 108 Aboard

Saturday, April 13, 2013
By George Hatcher


On April 13, 2013, a Bandung to Denpasar Lion Air Boeing 737-800 en undershot the Denpasar Airport runway and ditched in the ocean—literally falling from a height of 55 yards. All of the 101 passengers and 7 crew got out alive, but at least twenty people were injured.

On impact, the plane broke in two. The brand new plane was delivered to Lion Air on March 28, 2013.

Passengers were evacuated into rubber boats. The injured were taken to three hospitals. No serious injuries were reported.

The pilot had 10,000 hours in the air.

In George’s Point of View


A plane drops 55 yards breaks in half and no one is seriously injured.

Something happened. The investigation will do its best to pinpoint what exactly could knock out a plane with weeks of service. But with no serious injuries in a plane that is cracked in half, I have only two things to say: two best safety devices are 1) a well built plane and 2)a well-trained crew.

We’re posting this only hours after it happened. So expect updates when more information is available. Initial reports can be prone to misinformation.

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