Lion Air flight crashes after taking off from Indonesian capital Jakarta
29 October, 2018, 16:44
Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP news agency: "The plane crashed into water about 30m to 40m deep". But it has yet to locate the main crash site, Bambang Suryo, operational director of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters.
An Indonesian man has described how Jakarta's notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life on Monday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into the sea minutes after taking off.
Indonesian officials quoted by Channel News Asiasaid Lion Air had taken delivery of the brand new Boeing 737-800 MAX, described as "an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's workhorse singe-aisle jet" on August 13 of this year.
The chief executive of Lion Air Group, Edward Sirtait, didn't comment on what the reason for the accident might be.
"We are here to find any information about my younger sister, her fiance, her in-law to be and a friend of them", said Feni.
"We can not give any comment at this moment".
The plane crashed into Karawang Bay, two nautical miles from where the plane lost contact with aircraft control.
The aircraft, a Boeing-737 Max 8, has the capacity to carry 210 passengers.
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Data from FlightRadar24 shows the first sign trouble was about two minutes into the flight, when the plane had reached 2,000 feet. The website tracked the plane, showing it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast.
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All 189 passengers and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian jet were "likely" killed in the accident, Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency (SARA) said Monday, as it announced it had found human remains.
According to an official, Lion Air flight was carrying 188 people, including crew.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel, but many of its airlines have a poor safety record.
As of Monday afternoon, rescuers were scouring debris in the sea and searching for survivors amid parts of the aircraft's fuselage, identification cards, handphones and bags belonging to the passengers on board.
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