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Lion Air Boeing Plane Hits Cow After Landing in Indonesia

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Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- A PT Lion Mentari Airlines Boeing Co. 737-800 aircraft hit a cow after landing last night at a regional airport in Indonesia.

The aircraft, landing in Gorontalo after flying in from capital Jakarta with 110 passengers on board, encountered three cows on the runway and the rear landing gear collided with one of them, Leithen Francis, Lion Air Group spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement. That affected steering, he said. Two people were injured during evacuation, he said.

In April, a Lion Air passenger plane with 108 people on board crashed into the sea off the Indonesian resort island of Bali on landing at Ngurah Rai International Airport, according to the airport’s operator. No deaths were reported.

Lion Air, Indonesia’s biggest private carrier, has placed orders for more than $45 billion with Airbus SAS and Boeing in the past two years and has the world’s biggest order backlog for 559 narrow-body aircraft. It aims to have 1,000 planes in 10 years.

To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Wall in London at rwall6@bloomberg.net; Kyunghee Park in Singapore at kpark3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anand Krishnamoorthy at anandk@bloomberg.net

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