JAKARTA: A Lion Air plane has crashed into a lamp post at an airport in southwest Sumatra last night, just nine days after one of the Indonesian low-cost carrier's new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.
The plane hit the lamp post as it was taxiing the runway. The Boeing 737-900's left wing was damaged in the accident and it has been grounded.
Lion Air was reported to have blamed airport staff for the incident, which did not cause any casualties.
A spokesperson for the airline said in a statement that it had received a letter of apology from the airport's air traffic controller.
Indonesia's Transportation Ministry has said it would investigate the incident which happened around 6.30pm local time at Bengkulu's Fatmawati Soekarno airport.
"An investigation will be carried out by Aircraft Inspection and Airworthiness Inspector, Airport Inspector and Aviation Navigation Inspector to see the cause of the incident and the appropriate follow-up steps," acting director general of Air Transportation M. Pramintohadi Sukarno was quoted by The Australian as saying.
Viral images posted on social media showed passengers on the runway looking at the broken part of the plane.