Video shows airport building damage caused by Lion Air B737 taking off

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A building at Mopah Merauke Airport (MKQ) has suffered structural damage after the wing of a Boeing 737 aircraft of Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air hit the building before takeoff.

Flight JT797 was enroute to Jayapura’s Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport (DJJ) on January 26, 2023, when the Boeing 737-900, with registration PK-LFO, clipped its right wing against the airport terminal building as it was leaving the stand. 

Video footage uploaded on Twitter shows the aircraft returning to the gate, and shows the damage done to the airport building. 

There were no reported injuries or casualties. 

“Following up on the incident, currently Lion Air and the relevant authorities are conducting further investigations,” a Lion Air spokesperson told local media

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