Lion Air plane involved in tarmac accident after 189 killed in tragedy
A Lion Air plane has torn its wing after colliding with a lamp post at a Sumatra airport just over a week after Flight 610 crashed, killing all 189 passengers on board.
A Boeing 737-900 was grounded after crashing into a pole as it taxied to the runway at Bengkulu’s Fatmawati Soekarno airport around 6.30pm local time.
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry said it would investigate how the Boeing passenger plane damaged its left wing on the runway.
“An investigation will be carried out by Aircraft Inspection and Airworthiness Inspector, Airport Inspector and Aviation Navigation Inspector to see the cause of the incident and the appropriate follow-up steps,” Acting Director General of Air Transportation M Pramintohadi Sukarno said.
No injuries were recorded.
The incident comes as Boeing issued a warning to airlines about how to address incorrect cockpit readings as investigators probe what happened before Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.
A spokesperson for Boeing wouldn't disclose whether the directive was issued to operators of all Boeing aircraft, or just those who fly 737 MAX 8 planes - the same model as Flight 610.
Virgin Australia has ordered 40 new 737 MAX 8 models for its fleet - to be in use by next year - but will not back out of the purchase in light of the guidelines.
The directive points operators "to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor," the statement said.
"Whenever appropriate, Boeing, as part of its usual processes, issues bulletins or makes recommendations regarding the operation of its aircraft."
Boeing is involved in the ongoing investigation with the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee and other government authorities into the Lion Air crash and "continues to cooperate fully and provide technical assistance."
On Tuesday, Indonesian investigators found that the Lion Air flight had a malfunctioning air speed indicator for its last four flights and crucially, at the time of the crash.