Lion Air plane aborts take-off after hitting pole

Jakarta: A Lion Air plane carrying 145 passengers was forced to abort its take-off from Indonesia’s Bengkulu city after its left wing crashed into a pole.

Flight JT633 was due to depart Fatmawati airport in southwestern Sumatra for Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 6.20pm on Wednesday.

Local media outlets reported that the left wing of the aircraft hit a pole in front of the airport’s VIP building as it was moving off.

The plane was forced to return to the departure terminal and passengers were placed on another aircraft which left for Jakarta at about 10.10pm, according to CNN Indon­esia.

Facebook user Irsan Hidayat shared photos of the incident, showing a fragment dislodged from the wing of the aircraft.

Several people were seen on the tarmac with their belongings.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport said yesterday that it would be investigating the cause of the incident and taking follow-up measures.

The aircraft and pilots have been grounded while investigations are ongoing. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network