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Wings Air and Lion Air Collide on Runway in North Sumatra

Two planes collided at Medan’s Kualanamu International Airport on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday (Aug 3). No injuries were reported.

Photos: Gerry Soejatman‏ (@GerryS) / Twitter

A Boeing airplane operated by Lion Air was taxying along the runway after landing at Kualanamu airport on the island of Sumatra when it clipped the wing of a Wings Air craft waiting to depart for Meulaboh in Aceh province, as quoted by The Jakarta Post.

“The incident occurred at the taxiway at around 11.10am (12.10pm, Singapore time),” said airport official Vishnu Budi Setianto. He added that no one was injured on both planes and that all passengers were safe.

The wings of both aircraft were damaged; pictures circulating on social media showed one of the wings on the Wings Air plane had completely broken off.

The cause of the mishap is being investigated by Indonesian aviation authorities.

“Flights at the airport were suspended for 20 minutes following the collision and operations have now returned to normal,” said Vishnu.

In May 2016, two planes from Lion Air collided in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport, while in April 2016 a plane operated by Batik Air — part of the Lion Group — clipped a TransNusa plane.

In 2013 a Lion Air jet with a rookie pilot at the controls undershot the runway and crashed into the sea in Bali, splitting the plane in two. Several people were injured in the crash, although no one was killed.

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