On Saturday, Lion Air Boeing 737, a brand new Bali airplane, missed the runway and ended up crashing into the sea. Thankfully, all 108 people on board the plane made it out alive. However, some passengers suffered from injuries such as broken limbs and head wounds.
When the plane hit the waters, it broke apart. Fears and panic started to set in as the plunged into shallow waters. Many of the terrified passengers were forced to swim to safety. Out of all the passengers, twenty two suffered broken limbs, head wounds and shock. “The aircraft was in landing position when suddenly I saw it getting closer to the sea, and finally it hit the water. All of the passengers were screaming in panic, afraid they would drown. I left behind my belongings and went to an emergency door. I got out of the plane and swam before rescuers jumped in to help me,” recounted Dewi, an Indonesian woman who sustained head wounds during the crash.
This crash will bring about concerns about aviation safety in Indonesia. Every year, the country attracts over millions of international tourists, with majority of them heading to Bali. Following numerous air disasters, several Indonesian operators, including Lion Air, have been banned from the European airspace. Police and rescuers were seen in rubber boats pulling life-jacket-clad passengers and crew members on board to safety. Some survivors even decided to climb up on to the aircraft’s wings to await rescue.
According to hospital officials and paramedics, at least seven passengers were taken to Sanglah hospital in the capital, Denpasar, with head wounds and broken bones. There were also many other passengers who arrived drenched and bruised. All but two of the 101 passengers and seven crew were reported to be Indonesian nationals, among them included five children and one baby on board. “There was no sign of trouble at all but then suddenly it dropped into the water. I saw holes in the floor of the plane… we were evacuated quickly,” said passenger Tantri Widiastuti.
“It probably failed to reach the runway and fell into the sea,” stated Lion Air spokesman, Edward Sirat. According to Harry Bakti Gumay, director-general of aviation at Indonesia’s transport ministry, the plane had overshot the runway and fell into the sea from a height of approximately 50m. For more of the story, check it out here.
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