A Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER was damaged when the aircraft’s wing struck a pole while taxiing to the runway at Bengkulu Fatmawati Airport, on the evening of Nov. 7.

Flight JT 633, bound for Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport, was carrying 143 passengers when the left wing came into contact with a pole at around 6:20 p.m. local time, resulting in a visible tear on the wing’s leading edge near the winglets.

No one was injured, and passengers were transferred to another Lion Air flight to Jakarta four hours later.

The eight-year old 737-900ER, registered as PK-LGY, and the two pilots were grounded following the incident.

The Indonesia Ministry of Transport said it would investigate the cause of the incident and take follow-up measures.

This is the second incident in less than a two weeks involving a Lion Air aircraft, following the fatal JT 610 flight, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, on Oct. 29 that crashed into the Java Sea 13 min. after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

Chen Chuanren, chuanren@purplelightvisuals.com