Lion Air plane collides with light pole during takeoff

Less than two weeks after a Lion Air flight crashed, killing all 189 people aboard, the low-cost Indonesian carrier has taken another hit.

On Thursday, Flight JT 633 collided with a light pole during takeoff at Indonesia’s Bengkulu-Fatmawati Soekarno Airport.

Wire service UPI reported that the plane, bound for the capital of Jakarta, tore its left wing; however, no injuries were reported. UPI reported a replacement aircraft was deployed to transport the plane’s 143 passengers to Jakarta. The flight arrived around midnight local time.

According to the Associated Press, the airline blamed the aircraft’s movement control personnel, who directed the plane from the parking area to the taxiway.

The incident comes as the airline is still trying to determine what went wrong Oct. 29 when flight JT 610 crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after takeoff.

On Nov. 5, investigators announced that they had recovered the plane’s black box, which revealed its airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights.

Later that week, Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration sent out emergency directives to pilots of aircraft similar to the 737 Max 8 involved in the fatal crash. The directive explained what pilots should do if they encounter a similar problem with faulty airspeed sensor data.

The FAA also said it would “take further appropriate actions depending on the results of the investigation” into the Lion Air crash.

Two U.S. airlines fly the 737 Max 8. Southwest has 26, while American Airlines has 16. Combined, the airlines have hundreds more on order.

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