Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into the sea

Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into the sea

The National Search and Rescue Agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 meters deep.

Airline Chief executive Edward Sirait earlier told Reuters: "We can not give any comment at this moment".

Indonesia's Search And Rescue Agency has released an official statement which says the reason for the crash is still unclear.

Founded in 1999, Lion Air's only fatal accident was in 2004, when an MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City, killing 25 of the 163 people aboard, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network.

"At the moment personnel from Karawang water police unit are heading to the coordinates to check whether the information we received was accurate", Waluyo told broadcaster Kompas TV.

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

The pilot of an Indonesian plane that crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta was an Indian national.

Lion Air acquired the plane in August 2018, all documents were valid until 2023, officials said.

Flight JT610 appears to mark the first deadly incident involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a single-aisle commercial jet that came into service in 2017.

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The rescue operation by disaster agency is still underway and the causality number is not yet known. on other hand, videos and photos of the damaged plane is going viral on social media sites. The flight, which was carrying 188 passengers including children, crashed into the Java Sea. It wasn't clear how many passengers and crew were on board.

Just a few minutes after it went up in the air, the passenger aircraft lost control with the Air Traffic Controller (ATC).

Indonesian rescuers have begun retrieving body parts after a Lion Air plane crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Monday (Oct 29).

Recent photographs from Basarnas show that the team had recovered parts of the plane and several ID cards, presumably belonging to the plane's passengers.

Lion Air, a low-priced carrier, is Indonesia's largest private airline.

The safety records of both Lion Air and Indonesia generally have been patchy in the past, but improving more recently.

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.

At least 20 government officials were on board the flight, including staffers of the State Assets and Auction Services (KPKNL) and the State Treasury Services Office (KPPN).

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