Second aircraft mishap at Jakarta airports

JAKARTA • Two Lion Air aircraft "brushed" against each other on a runway at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Sunday night, the latest scare in Indonesia's aviation sector.

The Indonesian airline said the pilots had been acting on instructions from air traffic controllers at the time of the incident, according to local news reports on Monday.

The two aircraft - a Boeing 737-900ER and an Airbus 330 - had been due to fly from the capital to Manado and Denpasar respectively.

"While on the runway they brushed off at the wings, but the damage was not major," a Lion Air spokesman told the merdeka.com news website.

"However, they could not be flown due to the damage... No one was injured and they (the passengers) were immediately flown on another aircraft."

According to the spokesman, the pilots had been following "the instructions and orders" of air traffic controllers from state navigation operator AirNav Indonesia.

Detiknews on Monday confirmed with Transportation Minister Ignatius Jonan that the incident had been reported to his ministry.

"There was definitely negligence, we are still investigating," he said.

It was the second reported runway incident involving air traffic controllers at a Jakarta airports in four weeks.

On April 4, a Batik Air Boeing 737-800NG and a TransNusa ATR-42 collided at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta.

A probe by Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee found that air traffic controllers, the airport's ground crew and the cabin crew in control of the two aircraft had been using two different radio communication links at the time of the incident, reported Tempo news.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2016, with the headline 'Second aircraft mishap at Jakarta airports'. Print Edition | Subscribe