Basarnas Says Lion Air Passenger Flight From Jakarta to Sumatra Has Crashed

Basarnas Says Lion Air Passenger Flight From Jakarta to Sumatra Has Crashed

Basarnas Says Lion Air Passenger Flight From Jakarta to Sumatra Has Crashed

"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. Officials said they have received no confirmation that anyone survived.

Bambang Suryo, operational director of the search and rescue agency, said divers, sonar vessels and an underwater drone were searching the site.

The search for the black box is crucial to answering why a brand new plane flying on a clear day could suffer such an ill fate.

Data from FlightRadar24 showed the first sign of something going wrong with the plane in almost two minutes into the flight, when it reached 2,000 feet. He did not give details.

"I don't know what would make a plane this new crash", Mr Ostrower told the BBC. Those planes are powered by different engines than the MAX.

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani also arrived at the agency and met with its chief, seeking information about 20 ministry staff who were on the flight after attending a ministry event in Jakarta.

Bhavye Suneja, an Indian from Delhi was the captain of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT610.

It had logged only 800 hours of flight time, according to the head of the National Transportation Safety Commission, Soerjanto Tjahjano. He was a resident of Mayur Vihar and had passed out from Ahlcon Public School in 2005. Family members declined to speak to reporters. "There was so much love for him on this street".

A forensics team carries bodies of the victims of Lion Air flight JT610 to Sukanto National Police Hospital, East Jakarta, on Monday. Another was established at the plane's never-reached destination at the Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, a tin-mining region.

Another analyst, Jon Ostrower of aviation publication The Air Current, said there were "always new teething issues. that's common, but a far cry from something that would threaten the safety of an aeroplane". "I lost my husband, so he was caring for me and my children".

"Only God knows what his condition is, and hopefully, God grants a miracle to my son", he said.

Flight JT 610 was headed for the western city of Pangkal Pinang on Monday when it came down.

By late Monday afternoon, rescuers had cleared debris from the water's surface and begun diving into the sea, which has a depth of about 114 feet. "We're confused. We hope that our family is still alive".

Earlier this year, Lion Air announced it was buying 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets for $6.24 billion.

The last fatal air crash was in August when a small Pilatus Porter light plane of Dimonim Air crashed in the mountainous area of Papua province, killing eight people on board with a 12-year-old boy as the sole survivor. The flight was scheduled to land in Pangkal Pinang airport in Bangka-Belitung province off Sumatra at 7.20.

"The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Flight JT 610".

"We don't dare to say what the facts are, or are not, yet", he said. "Boeing stands ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation".

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets, but its safety record is patchy.

Air travel is crucial in Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands that stretches about 5,100 km (3,170 miles) from east to west, nearly the distance between NY and London. "Some other pilots from Lion Air have also joined us recently", said the official.

Lion Air was removed from the European Union's air safety blacklist in June 2016.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations.

Traffic on the world's airlines - measured in the number of miles or kilometres flown by passengers - jumped 8.1 per cent previous year, the fastest rate of growth since 2005, according to the International Air Transport Association, a trade group for the industry. One of its jets collided with a plane from another carrier, Wings Air, on the island of Sumatra past year, but no one was injured.

In 2013, Lion Air flight 904 crashed into the sea on landing at Bali's International Airport. Several people were injured in the crash, although no one was killed. As many as 188 passengers and crew were on board, the Associated Press reported.

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