Lion Air Boeing 737 Crashes into Sea Short of Runway

Lion Air Flight 904 Crash

Lion Air Flight 904 Crash | Image from Indonesia TV ONE

Lion Air Boeing 737-800 Slams Into Ocean

Louisville, KY – April 13, 2013 ( A Lion Air Boeing 737-800 en-route to Depensar Airport (DPS) on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, impacted the ocean short of the runway. The Boeing airliner broke into two parts after it smashed into the shallow sea water.

The flight, Lion Air 904 from Bandung (BDO) to Denpensar (DPS) had 101 passengers with a crew of seven on board. The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation confirmed just over 100 occupants were on the ill-fated flight.

All passengers and crew safely evacuated from the aircraft. Information obtained by FlyersPulse confirms nearly 30 passengers were taken to the hospital. However, Indonesian officials have indicated there was only one injury.

Conflicting Reports

Research conducted by FlyersPulse indicates the plane slammed into the water and came to a stop prior to reaching a seawall. This information conflicts most mainstream media reports which state the aircraft overran the runway on landing. The data we obtained, including radar returns, paints a much different story with the Boeing 737-800 coming down short of Denpensar’s Runway 09.

Lion Air B738 sits in Ocean

Lion Air Boeing 737-800 sits in Ocean short of Denpensar Runway 09 | Photo: Indonesia Police

Lion Air’s Safety Record

Many questions regarding aircraft safety and pilot skills have plagued Indonesia’s Lion Air in the past. However, Simon Hradecky at The Aviation Herald ( published, “The captain on the accident flight was highly experienced with more than 10,000 hours of flying experience, he was and is in good health condition.”

Information published by the Aviation Herald backs our findings of the aircraft coming down short of the runway.

Weather conditions at the time of the crash indicate cumulonimbus clouds were beginning to build-up at 1700 feet above the airport. Cumulonimbus clouds are responsible for thunderstorms and weather phenomena such as microburts which have brought aircraft down in the past, most notably Delta Flight 191 at Dallas/Fort Worth on August 2, 1985. Significant advances in microburt avoidance and safety have been made since then.

While the aircraft was on an approach for runway 09 when it ended up in the sea, it’s important to note the cause of the crash is not known at this time. Despite the cloud build-up, conditions were otherwise reported as good at the airfield. While it’s possible changing weather conditions may have played a role, we reiterate the cause of the accident is unknown.

The Boeing 737-800 involved was only a couple months old, delivered in February according to records.

Denpensar’s Airport on the Island of Bali closed immediately after the crash but has since re-opened for air traffic.

Bali is the most popular destination in Indonesia among international visitors, accounting for nearly 80% of foreign visitors to the country. Only three foreign passengers on-board — two from Singapore and one from France.

Lion Air is a fast growing Indonesian low cost carrier which operates new Boeing 737 aircraft across Indonesia and provides international services between Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The airline recently placed a significant order with Boeing for 230 new 737 model aircraft.

The Boeing 737 is one of the safest aircraft types in the world with a 737 taking off or landing every two seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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