February 22, 2019
Emergency crews used lifting bags manufactured by Vetter to recover a Boeing 737 that overshot the runway last weekend.
The Lion Air jet landed during heavy rains and slid off the end of the runway at Pontianak airport in the western province of West Kalimantan on Saturday, February 16. All 180 passengers and seven crew members evacuated safely.
Thanks to Vetter’s lifting bags, crews were able to extract the plane from the mud.
Airports around the world have purchased Vetter lifting bags for airplane recovery efforts. Slipped under an aircraft and then inflated, the bags slowly raise the plane.
Vetter also manufactures lifting bags used for building collapses and safety cushions for people forced to jump to escape burning buildings.