Lion Air Plane Crashes into Sea in Bali
A Lion Air 737 aircraft attempting to land at Ngurah Rai airport on the resort island of Bali overshot the runway and landed in shallow water. All 101 passengers and 7 crew members were rescued although Reuters is reporting that 16 people were taken to the hospital.
The aircraft broke into two pieces upon impact.
Lion Air, a low-cost carrier based in Indonesia, is on a list of airlines banned from operating in European Union airspace because the European Commission holds that the airline operates “in conditions below essential safety levels.”
The airline has been involved in several incidents in the past decade including a fatal crash in 2004 in Solo City, Indonesia in which 25 people were killed.
Lion Air, founded in 2000, operates flights to over 70 destinations in Indonesia and South East Asia. In March 2013 it placed an order with Airbus for 234 A320 jets.
(Photo: Indonesian Police)