Lion Air Boeing 737-800 suffered a runway excursion during landing at Pontianak-Supadio International Airport in Indonesia. The aircraft was performing flight JT714 from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with 189 people on board, but during landing at Pontianak in heavy rain and poor visibility rolled off the end of the runway and stopped with the main landing gear just off the paved end of the runway Fortunately there were no reported injuries during the accident.
“True, the aircraft slipped due to heavy rain. There were no fatalities and injuries during the accident” said Polana Pramesti, Director General of Air Relations at the Ministry of Transportation.
The emergency services were sent at the scene of the troubled aircraft and all the passengers were disembarked at the runway through mobile stairs. There were no reported injuries and people were transferred to the terminal with busses.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is underway.
The Boeing 737 Next Generation, commonly abbreviated as 737NG, or 737 Next Gen, is the name given to the −600/-700/-800/-900 series of the Boeing 737 airliner. This Boeing 737-800 seats 160 passengers and is primarily used on domestic routes. This aircraft features 16 First Class recliner seats, 30 Main Cabin Extra seats, and 114 standard Economy Class-style seats in the Main Cabin. Boeing 737-800 burns 850 US gallons (3,200 L) of jet fuel per hour—about 80% of the fuel used by an MD-80 on a comparable flight, even while carrying more passengers than the MD-80.