Indonesian Plane Crashes in Sea
A Lion Air plane in the water after missing the runway in Bali, 13 April 2013. All 108 passengers and crew survived (Reuters)

A Lion Air domestic passenger jet has crashed into the sea off the island of Bali, after missing the runway at Denpasar Airport by about 50m. The plane, a Boeing 737, was flying in from Bandung in West Java.

Fortunately, all 101 passengers and seven crew members are believed to have been rescued; although 15 people have been taken to a hospital with injuries.

"The aircraft was in landing position when suddenly I saw it getting closer to the sea, and finally it hit the water," Dewi, a passenger told the Associated Press news agency.

"All of the passengers were screaming in panic in fear they would drown. I left behind my belongings and went to an emergency door. I got out of the plane and swam before rescuers jumped in to help me," Dewi added.

The accident took place at around 3pm local time (8am BST) and there was a light rain at the time, according to a BBC report. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown and a transport ministry official said it was too early to make any statement.

The island of Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with 80 percent of foreign visitors to the country headed to the exotic island.

Lion Air is Indonesia's biggest private discount carrier and started operating in 2000. Although the company has seen rapid and enormous growth, reports claim pilots are overworked and underpaid.

A Lion Air plane is seen in the water after it missed the runway in Denpasar, Bali April 13, 2013. All 108 passengers and crew survived when a Lion Air Boeing 737 missed the runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and landed in shallow water, an airline spokesman and government officials said. REUTERS/Stringer
The body of a Lion Air plane is seen in the water after it missed the runway in Denpasar, Bali April 13, 2013. All 108 passengers and crew survived when a Lion Air Boeing 737 missed the runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and landed in shallow water, an airline spokesman and government officials said.REUTERS/Stringer
A passenger of the Lion Air plane that missed the runway at Bali's international airport, arrives for a treatment at Kasih Ibu hospital near Denpasar, Bali April 13, 2013. All 108 passengers and crew survived when a Lion Air Boeing 737 missed the runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and landed in shallow water, an airline spokesman and government officials said.REUTERS/Stringer