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Lion Air Blames Airport Staff for New Accident in Indonesia

JAKARTA – A week after an Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air plane crashed, killing 189 people, another of its aircraft was involved in an incident on Thursday, when an aircraft crashed into a pole during takeoff from an airport on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Lion Air has blamed airport staff for the incident, which did not cause any casualties.

A spokesperson for the airline said in a statement that they had received a letter of apology from the airport’s air traffic controller.

Images distributed on social media showed passengers on the runway observing the broken part of the plane.

This latest incident comes just over a week after a Lion Air plane crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people onboard, prompting the Indonesian transport ministry to conduct a special investigation into the airline.

The ministry also ordered an inspection of all Boeing 737 Max 8 – the model which crashed into the sea – planes in the country.

Flight data from the black box revealed that the planes sensors were defective and had received erroneous data.

 

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