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Lion Air Boeing 737-800 Bali Air Crash

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A Lion Air Boeing 737-800 missed the runway on approach to Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport in Indonesia Saturday and landed in shallow water.

According to Aviation Safety Network (ASN), there were 101 passengers and seven crew members on board; there were no fatalities. Multiple media outlets are reporting that 45 people were injured.

ASN said in a preliminary report that flight JT-904 departed Bandung Airport on a domestic flight to Denpasar. “At the time of the approach there were Cumulonimbus clouds in the area. The wind direction began to change rapidly, varying between 110 and 270 degrees. According to eyewitnesses, it was raining in the approach path as flight 904 descended over sea toward Denpasar’s runway 09.”

The Transportation Ministry’s director general of aviation told the Associated Press the aircraft overshot the runway and fell into the sea from a height of about 50 meters.

Photos released by the Indonesia Police/EPA show the aircraft broken apart and passengers in the water.

On Sunday, the US National Transportation Safety Board said because the "US is the state of design and manufacture of the 737," it is sending a team of investigators to assist the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee in its accident investigation.

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