Photos: Lion Air, Wings Air planes collide on ground

The wing of the damaged Wings Air ATR-72 at Medan Airport, after it collided with a Lion Air Boeing 737.

A Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER and Wings Air ATR 72-500 collided on the ground today at Kualanamu Airport in Medan, Indonesia. The incident occurred after the Boeing 737, operating flight JT197 from Banda Aceh, landed at the airport, and the ATR 72, operating flight IW1252 to Meulaboh, was waiting for takeoff clearance.

Lion Air Group Public Relations Manager Andy M. Saladin said the accident occurred when the tips of each plane’s wings collided with one another. He said no passengers were injured as a result of the collision.

Kualanamu Airport’s General Manager Arif Darmawan said to local media that “Indeed there was a senggolan (minor accident) between Lion Air with Wings Air,” however airport operations were not disrupted by the incident.

The damage to the Boeing 737 seems limited to the slats on its left wing, while the ATR 72 had part of its right wing sheared off. The exact circumstances of the accident are still unclear and have not been clarified by the airline or airport authorities. Indonesian aviation authorities are currently investigating the incident.

Featured image by Gerry Soejatman via Twitter (@GerryS).