Bali Plane crashes with 108 Passengers

Indonesian plane crash

A Lion Air Boeing 737 skid off the runway during landing at Bali’s international airport earlier today. The plane which had more than 100 passengers split in two after missing the runway and landing in the sea, leaving dozens injured but there are no reports of fatalities.

About 45 people have been taken to hospital for treatment following the accident.

Based on reports from the BBC, the Boeing 737 from the discount airline Lion Air was a domestic flight from Bandung in West Java. While attempting to land it missed the runway and landed in the ocean nearby, cracking its fuselage.

Rescuers were able to get 108 passengers and crew members to safety. They described a chaotic scene to reporters:


“The aircraft was in landing position when suddenly I saw it getting closer to the sea, and finally it hit the water,” an injured passenger told The Associated Press. “All of the passengers were screaming in panic in fear 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.”

The exact cause of the crash has not yet been identified.

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