After the crash, Garuda Indonesia's safety manager explained that the order to turn left was issued as part of a simulation exercise of a night landing at Medan Airport, and that water seeped into their equipment could have triggered the emergency stop issued 25 minutes before the crash. He also said that the plane could have been intentionally flown into the terrain due to a mix-up between the crew and controller's radio frequencies.
Lion Air flight QZ 8501 departed Jakarta 07:25 am local time on 26 September 1997, carrying 183 passengers and 9 crew members. The flight was bound for Surabaya, Indonesia. The mass of air passengers were filled with the young and rich: expatriates, students, housewives or business men and women. These were President Suharto's days of glory, with hordes of Chinese flood into Jakarta. Despite being one of the heaviest traffic jam in Jakarta, there was no problems by the police and Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC) in checking the passengers, following Lion Air's strict rules and procedures. 7211a4ac4a