Lion Air Clarifies after Problematic Flight

Sorong, PINUS PRESS - Lion Air denied rumors involving the problematic flight JT-799 from Domine Eduard Osok Airport at Sorong, Western Papua to Sam Ratulangi Airport at Manado, North Sulawesi on Thursday (21/2).

Flight JT-799 which operated on Boeing 737-900ER with registration number PK-LJF, returned to the originating airport shortly after flight. This happened despite the fact that plane has gone through pre-flight check and has been deemed safe to flight.

Corporate Communications Strategic of Lion Air, Danang Mandala Prihantoro explained that it was the pilot’s decision to return.

During the flight, oxygen masks dropped out from the upper compartment,  which indicated technical problems at the pressurization system and air condition. A passenger recorded a video of the episode and it circulated around social media.

Allegations were made that JT-799 flew on a slanted direction and were planning to land on water. Danang denied this rumor, and stating that the plane had to rotate above the water, making a holding point to lower the its elevation and adjust its weight.

“The plane made a perfect landing in Sorong at 16.55 Eastern Indonesia Time and not in emergency situation.” affirmed Danang.  Lion Air flew the JT-799 flight again the following day using a different plane Boeing 737-900ER with registration number PK-LJZ (22/2) and safely landed in Manado at 16.35 Middle Indonesia Time.

“Lion Air apologizes for any discomfort that occured. Lion Air is committed in fulfilling and executing all the rules and regulations set in order to maintain safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our passenger” told Danang.

This incident is not the first flight problem that Lion Air experienced this month. Just one week earlier, Lion Air JT-714 slipped at the runway of Supadio International Airport in Pontianak (Saturday, 16 February).

Written by: Willy Gunardi