Lion Air plane overshot the Denpasar runaway in Bali this Saturday afternoon and landed on water. The flight was from Bandung in West Java to Bali. Surprisingly, there has not been any casualties. You can read more about this incident on Jakarta Globe’s website here.
The Indonesian airline safety has not been very good in the past. Due to number of crashes in 2007 all Indonesian airlines were put on the EU’s black list of banned airlines. The national airline Garuda and three other Indonesian airlines were removed from the list in 2009, however.
The airport is located in a very narrow area between the Nusa Dua resort area and the Kuta/Seminyak entertainment/business district. You can often see planes taking off and landing when on the nearby beach.
I have traveled to/from Bali numerous times and flying there again on Wednesday this coming week. I am due to take Lion Air flight to Jakarta on 24th. Better to practice some swimming skills in the meantime….