Airplane Skids Off Runway in Gorontalo, Lion Air Issues Apology

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The low-cost airline from Lion Air Group expressed an apology for the aircraft that skidded off the runway at Djalaluddin Airport, Gorontalo, last night.

    "We are sorry for the inconvenience," said Lion Air’s Corporate Communications Strategic Danang Mandala Prihantoro in a press release on Sunday, April 29.

    As many as 174 passengers and crew on Lion Air with flight number JT 892 have been evacuated and survived. While two passengers who were fainted have been brought to the hospital for further medical treatment.

    As the report suggested, Boeing 737-800 aircraft slipped off the strip while landing at 18.35 local times. The airline took off at 17:29 local times from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar, South Sulawesi (UPG).

    Djalaludin Airport Head Power Silaholo explained the visibility for landing was in accordance with the required standard despite it was raining at that time. He said the incident caused the front gear to broken.

    “The aircraft landed on the grass beside the runway, the wings are good, but the front landing gear was broken,” Power said, adding that the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) will later examine the cause.