Lion Air jet in­volved in an­other ac­ci­dent

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A Lion Air pas­sen­ger jet has been in­volved in an­other ac­ci­dent – just a week af­ter a plane from the In­done­sian air­line crashed with the loss of all 189 peo­ple on board.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, the jet clipped a pole as it tax­ied to the run­way at Bengkulu air­port on Su­ma­tra is­land ahead of its flight to Jakarta.

The plane’s left wing was vis­i­bly dam­aged, forc­ing all pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark. They were flown to the cap­i­tal later Wed­nes­day evening aboard a dif­fer­ent air­craft.

Lion Air spokesman Danang Pri­han­toro said all 143 pas­sen­gers and seven crew were safe.

“Lion Air apol­o­gizes to all pas­sen­gers for any in­con­ve­nience... it has sent a team to in­spect the air­craft,” the spokesman said.

The trans­port min­istry said it would launch an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened just 10 days af­ter a Lion Air Boe­ing 737Max 8 plane plunged into the Java Sea min­utes af­ter take­off from Jakarta to Pangkal Pi­nang city.

All 189 peo­ple on board were killed and the In­done­sian Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee has said that flight recorder data has so far re­vealed the plane’s air speed in­di­ca­tor had not been work­ing prop­erly on its last four jour­neys, in­clud­ing on the fa­tal flight.

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