A passenger plane from the Indonesian low-cost airline, Lion Air Monday with 189 people on board crashed minutes after it took off at the international airport of Jakarta for a domestic flight.
Rescue workers have fragments found of the Boeing 737 Max 8. That says the head of the Indonesian agency for rescue operations. “We have life jackets found, mobile phones and parts of the plane,” says Muhammad Syaugii. There would also be parts of the body and identity papers were found. It is suspected that the fuselage of the Boeing 737 Max 8 on the sea floor is located at approximately 35 meters depth, says Syaugii. There are no reports about survivors. Divers searching for bodies.
The aircraft had a crew of 8 on board and 181 passengers, including two babies and a child. According to the Indonesian ministry of Finance were 20 representatives on board the flight.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 was at 6.20 pm after taking off on the airport of Jakarta and had to 7.20 pm, arriving in Pangkal Pinang, on the island of Bangka. According to a spokesman for Lion Air reported that the pilot technical difficulties shortly after takeoff and he would have asked at the airport of Jakarta to be allowed to return. Air traffic controllers lost to 6.33 pm local time contact with flight JT610. What exactly misliep, is still unclear. According to Lion Air had the pilot and co-pilot along to 11,000 hours of flying experience.
The plane disappeared in the area of Karawang in West Java province, said Yusuf Latif, spokesman of the national agency for rescue operations.
Lion Air was founded in 1999. The airline, which modern devices are used by manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, has increased dramatically in recent years. The low-cost airline flying mainly within Indonesia. Lion Air has a fleet of a hundred aircraft.
The Boeing 737 Max is a new device that is only since 2017 on the market. According to the website Flightradar24, Lion Air, deliberate Boeing 737 Max 8 since August of this year, which was confirmed by Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee. First analyses of the dates would be, according to Flightradar24 show that there is an increase in speed and a sharp decrease in height at the time of the last contact.
In 2013, it crashed, also all flight of Lion Air in the sea, upon landing on the island of Bali. All 108 people aboard survived that back then. In 2004, crashed a unit of Lion Air landing in the city of Solo, where 25 people were killed.