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Metro TV Airs Hospital Footage Following Plane Crash

posted 13 Apr 2013, 07:13 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Apr 2013, 07:14 ]

Metro TV airs footage from hospital showing an injured woman after a Lion Airplane crashed off the coast of Bali.

BALIINDONESIA (APRIL 13, 2013) (REUTERS) -  All 108 passengers and crew miraculously survived when a Lion AirBoeing 737 missed the runway on the balmy Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and landed in the sea.

Forty people were treated for injuries including broken legs, head wounds and shock, though only four were admitted to hospital, hospital officials said.

Footage aired on Metro TV showed one crash victim in a hospital ward being treated for their injuries.

The brand new aircraft had flown from Bandung, in West Java, and was about to land at Bali airportLion Air spokesman Edward Sirait said the aircraft "probably failed to reach the runway and fell into the sea."

He said there were 101 passengers and seven crew on board but would not comment on the cause of the crash. An investigation is under way.

Bali's police chief told local television that there were two foreign passengers.

She said she had been treated for minor cuts.

Budget carrier Lion Air is Indonesia's largest airline and is rapidly expanding.

The plane was delivered last month. The company has signed two record contracts with two world's top plane makers, Boeing and Airbus. Last month, it signed a deal with Airbus for 234 passenger jets worth a $24 billion. Two years ago, it signed a deal with Boeing for 230 planes.

Indonesia has been struggling to improve its civil air safety after a string of deadly accidents. In 2007, Lion Air was among a number of Indonesian airlines banned by the EU for lax safety standards. The ban was progressively lifted, starting in 2009.

The runway at Bali international airport starts next to the sea. The island isIndonesia's main tourist destination, especially popular with Australians for its surfing.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, Lion Air planes have been involved in six accidents since 2002, four of them involving Boeing 737s. Only one of them, according to the site, resulted in fatalities.