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45 injured as Lion Air jet crashes into sea near Bali

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A wave of fear:A Lion Air Boeing 737 in the sea after skidding off the runaway during landing at Bali’s international airport near Denpasar on Saturday. —PHOTO: AFP
A wave of fear:A Lion Air Boeing 737 in the sea after skidding off the runaway during landing at Bali’s international airport near Denpasar on Saturday. —PHOTO: AFP

All 108 passengers and crew survived after a new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land on Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people.

There appeared to be no serious injuries, said officials.

TV footage showed police and rescuers using rubber boats to evacuate the passengers and the crew .The Boeing 737 could be seen sitting in the shallow waters with a large crack in its fuselage.

Officials initially said the plane overshot the runway before hitting the water, but a spokesman for Lion Air, a low-cost carrier, said at a news conference the plane crashed about 50 metres ahead of the runway. The weather was cloudy with rain at the time of the incident.

“It apparently failed to reach the runway and fell into the sea,” said an official.

Those on board recalled being terrified as the plane slammed into the water Saturday afternoon.

Rapidly expanding Lion Air is Indonesia’s top discount carrier, holding about a 50 per cent market share in the country. The airline has been involved in six accidents since 2002, four of them involving Boeing 737s and one resulting in 25 deaths, according to the Aviation Safety Network’s website.

Lion Air is banned from flying to Europe due to broader safety lapses in the Indonesian airline industry . — AFP


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