Indonesia grounds Adam Air Boeings after accident
The incident at Surabaya's Juanda International Airport caused what appeared to be a massive vertical split in the fuselage, leaving the rear section of the plane hanging downwards, though none of the 148 passengers and six crew were injured.
"The aircraft is estimated to have undergone a hard landing that caused a deformation of the fuselage and landing wheels number one and four to break," transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said in a press release.
"As a move to prevent a similar incident, the transport ministry has taken steps through the directorate general of air transport."
The pilot has also been grounded until the National Transport Safety Committee completes its investigation.
Ervan said a team of aviation officials had begun a "special audit" of Adam Air and its management on February 19 as part of efforts to improve air safety.