Bali bound flight turns back when crew realise the front door is still open
Published Friday 24th of February, 2017
On Wednesday a Sriwijaya Air flight bound for Bali was forced to return to Guangzhou, after crew members noticed the aircraft’s front door wasn’t shut correctly.
Flight SJ1159 departed Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 8:22pm (UTC) when it suddenly turned back less than 30 minutes into the flight. The aircraft had only reached 11,000ft before making an immediate decent, while circling it's way back to Guangzhou Airport.
Data from FlightRadar24 indicates that the aircraft made several 360° turns at 9,000ft before landing. The 737-800 (PK-CMT) was airborne for nearly two hours.
The Jakarta based Airline was carrying 180 passengers on a flight that usually takes five hours. Once the plane landed safely, passengers were asked to disembark the aircraft and wait for 30 minutes while a test and repairs were performed. A Sriwijaya Air representative told reporters that indicators in the cockpit inaccurately showed that the door was closed all the way. SJ1159 departed to Bali for a second time with 20 fewer passengers, after they refused to board the plane. These affected passengers are currently negotiating with the company for compensation.
A Sriwijaya Air 737-800 (PK-CMI) similar to the aircraft involved in the incident. The single class cabin has the capacity to seat 189 passengers.