Published On: Tue, Aug 6th, 2013

Lion Air plane hit cows in Gorontalo

LionAIrPlaneA Lionair Boeing 737-800, registration PK-LKH performing flight JT-892 from Ujung Padang to Gorontalo (Indonesia) with 110 passengers and 7 crew, landed on Gorontalo's runway at 21:11L (13:11Z) but hit a number of cows before coming to a stop past the runway end with a cow embedded and killed under the main gear. No injuries occurred on board of the aircraft, the aircraft sustained minor damage.

Indonesia's Ministry of Transport reported the aircraft landed in good weather and visibility when after touch down the crew noticed three cows on the runway, tried to steer the aircraft around them however hit the cows nonetheless, which resulted in the failure of brakes. The aircraft came to a stop about 10 meters past the paved surface of the runway end safety area. There is currently no explanation as to why the cattle was on the runway.

The airline reported that the crew noticed they had run over something during roll out and radioed tower about running over something. The airline dismissed claims by the Ministry of Transport the crew had attempted to avoid the cows and overran the runway as result.

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