JAKARTA: A Lion Air passenger jet has been involved in another accident,just a week after an Indonesian passenger plane carrying 189 people, crashed into the sea close to the capital Jakarta, minutes after takeoff.
In the latest incident, the jet clipped a pole as it taxied to the runway at Bengkulu airport on Sumatra island ahead of its flight to Jakarta, the plane's left wing was visibly damaged.
"Lion Air apologises to all passengers for any inconvenience, all 143 passengers and seven crew were safe. It has sent a team to inspect the aircraft," the Lion Air spokesman Danang Prihantoro said.
"The plane and the pilot have been grounded for an immediate investigation," said Pramintohadi Sukarno, a senior transport ministry official.
The accident happened just 10 days after a Lion Air Boeing 737-Max 8 plane plunged into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang city.
The Lion Air flight JT 610 was carrying 181 passengers, as well as six crewmembers and two pilots. It had been flying north from the capital, Jakarta, to the city of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka when it went missing.
All 189 people on board were killed and the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has said that flight recorder data has so far revealed the plane's airspeed indicator had not been working properly on its last four journeys, including on the fatal flight.
But the preliminary result of the investigation will only be known at the end of November
With inputs from PTI