A Lion Air Boeing MD-90 late yesterday landed at Batam airport with no front landing gear resulting in extensive damage to the under-carriage but fortunately no one was hurt.
The MD-90, local registration PK-LIO, was on a domestic flight from Medan to Batam when the pilots discovered that the aircraft’s landing gear was unable to be deployed, says Lion Air general director, Edward Sirait.
He says once the aircraft landed without its front landing gear it had to be towed from the runway to the airport and that the airport was closed until 0600 this morning.
Local news reports say the incident happened at around 1915 local time last night so the airport closure must have led to several other flight cancellations.
Lion Air has had several safety incidents over the years, some that have resulted in fatalities, but Sirait says no one was injured as a result of last night’s incidence. But pictures, taken at the scene, show the under-carriage is damaged.