The pilot of the Indonesian jet that crashed into the sea in Bali on Saturday, says he felt the plane was "dragged" down by wind as he was trying to abort a landing and fly around for a second approach, reported Reuters.
The brand-new Boeing 737 passenger jet, operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, belly-flopped into the water just short of the runway on the tourist island's main airport, cracking the fuselage just behind the wings. All 108 passengers and crew survived.
"Investigators and officials are still trying to determine what caused the plane to plunge into the sea, leaving terrified passengers to swim through the water to shore or be plucked to safety by police in rubber dinghies," reported the AFP. And while investigators were working Monday to to haul the half-submerged wreckage onto the beach, analysts are speculating that the fault may have been weather related.
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Storms are known to have the potential to send a downdraft or "microburst" of strong wind down onto the ground. If a plane flies through a microburst it will suddenly experience "wind shear," or change in wind speed and direction.