Aviation safety is paramount

This is a chronology of accidents and incidents involving PT Lion Mentari Airlines, better known as Lion Air, since 2000.


Jan. 14, 2002

Lion Air flight # 386 involving a Boeing B737-200 crashed on take-off at Pekanbaru Airport (Sultan Syarif Kassim II International Airport). No fatalities.


Nov. 30, 2004

Lion Air flight # 538 involving a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 overran the runway in bad weather and crashed onto a cemetery in Surakarta (Adi Sumarmo International Airport). The captain, a flight attendant and 23 passengers were killed. Investigations concluded hydroplaning caused the accident.


Mar. 4, 2006

Lion Air flight # 8987 involving another MD-82 crashed landed at Surabaya International Airport (Juanda International Airport) with no fatalities but the plane was badly damaged. Reverse thrust was used during landing although the left reverse thrust was said to be out of service.

Dec. 24, 2006

Lion Air flight # 792 involving a Boeing B737-400 landed at Makassar Airport (Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport ) with incorrect flap configuration and was not aligned to the runway. Right main landing gear was detached, part of fuselage wrinkled. No fatalities but plane was written off.


Feb. 23, 2009

Lion Air flight # 972 involving an MD-82 landed minus nose gear at Batam Island airport (Hang Nadim International Airport). No fatalities.

Mar. 9, 2009

Lion Air flight # 973 involving an MD-90-30 ran off the runway at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport). No passengers injured.


Nov. 2, 2010

Lion Air flight # 712 involving a Boeing B737-400 overran the runway at West Kalimantan Pontianak Airport (Supadio International Airport) ended with aircraft belly on tarmac, with damage to nose gear. All 174 passengers and crew evacuated by slides, with minor injuries.


Apr. 13, 2013

Lion Air flight # 904, involving a Boeing B737-800 from Bandung to Bali, crashed into the water at Denpasar (Ngurah Rai International Airport) while attempting to land. All 108 passengers and crew evacuated safely with no major injuries. Investigations concluded the flight crew lost situational awareness and visual references as the plane entered a rain cloud during final approach below minimum descent altitude.

Aug. 6, 2013

Lion Air flight # 892, involving a Boeing B737-800 from Makassar to Gorontalo, collided with a cow at Jalaluddin Airport. All 117 passengers and crew were unhurt.


Feb. 1, 2014

Lion Air flight # 361 involving a Boeing B737-900ER from Balikpapan Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport en route to Bali via Surabaya Juanda Airport landed hard in Surabaya. It bounced four times on the runway causing a tail strike and damage to the aircraft. No casualties but 2 passengers were seriously injured.


Apr. 4, 2016

Batik Air (a subsidiary of Lion Air) flight # 7703 involving a Boeing B737-800. Whilst taking off from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport the plane’s wing tip collided with a towed TransNusa Air Services ATR 42-600 left wing and stabilizer, destroying it. The B737-800 left wing caught fire. No injuries. Investigations revealed poor coordination between Air Traffic Control (ATC), tow truck crew and B737-800 cockpit crew.


Aug. 3, 2017

Lion Air flight # 197 involving a Boeing B737-900ER, clipped the wing of a Wings Air ATR72-500 at Kualanamu International Airport near Medan. The wings of both aircraft were damaged. There were 144 passengers on board the Lion Air plane. No injuries were reported.


Apr. 29, 2018

Lion Air flight # 892 involving a Boeing B737-800, skidded on landing at Jalaluddin Airport in Gorontalo, from Makassar with 177 passengers on board. There were no injuries.

Oct. 29, 2018

Lion Air flight # 610 involving a Boeing B737-800 MAX from Soekarno-Hatta International in Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang (Depati Amir Airport) in the Belitung Islands, crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after take-off. All 189 passengers and crew perished.


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