Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

Sean Reid
October 29, 2018

The Boeing 737 was orginally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.

Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait told reporters that the plane experienced a "technical issue" on a previous flight Sunday night, but the problem had been "resolved according to procedure".

Indonesia's disaster agency posted photos online of a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels that have converged on the area. It had been operated by the Lion Air Group since August, and the airline said it was airworthy.

"We are still confirming data on the names against the flight manifest", Nufransa said on Monday.

Weather around Jakarta was reported to be cloudy this morning, with a rising chance of rain throughout the day.

Lion Air said today that Suneja had 6,000 flight hours, and that his Indonesian co-pilot Harvino had more than 5,000.

The Lion Air flight took off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta global airport at 6.20 am.

The plane was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a brand new aircraft and the cause of the crash has not been confirmed.

It has emerged that the accident is the first to befall the widely-sold the Boeing 737 MAX.

As search and rescue efforts are now ongoing, officials have told the media that a lot of debris has been found floating in the sea.

Lion Air, a low-priced carrier, has a spotty safety record, with a number of incidents over the years, including a crash landing at sea in April 2013 that remarkably resulted in no deaths or serious injuries.

The SAR has deployed boats, a helicopter and a team of 250 rescuers including divers to the crash site identified in the Java Sea, 34 nautical miles off the coast.

The Lion Air flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at 6.20am local time and lost contact at 6.33am (23.33pm GMT).

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board.

But while his friends battled their way through Jakarta's daily congestion to make the flight, Sony found himself stuck on a toll road for hours.

Australian government officials have been warned not to fly with Lion Air after the crash.

The EU permitted Lion Air and two other Indonesian airlines, Citilink and Batik Air, in June 2016.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel, but many of its airlines have a poor safety record.

Finance Ministry spokesperson Nufransa Wira Sakti confirmed that 20 ministry officials, including staffers of the State Assets and Auction Services (KPKNL) and the State Treasury Services Office (KPPN), were among the 178 adult passengers on the aircraft.

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