Lion Air plane crashes in sea off Jakarta
Jakarta, The Lion Air passenger aircraft, which crashed in Indonesia today, was a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane that went into service only on August 15 this year, according to a statement from the airline.
Lion Air said the aircraft was carrying 189 passengers and eight crew on a flight from Jakarta to Pulau Bangka Belitung when it lost contact and crashed in the Karawang waters north of Jakarta.
The aircraft, headed for the Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, reportedly crashed soon after taking off at 6.20 am (7.20 am in Malaysia) from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport here. It was scheduled to arrive at the Depati Amir airport at 7.10 am, Malaysian News Agency Bernama reported.
A spokesman of Lion Air corporate strategic communications, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, said the aircraft was in good condition when it took off.
The pilot had chalked up over 6,000 flying hours and the co-pilot, over 5,000 flying overs, he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said in a statement that the search-and-rescue team has found pieces of debris and belongings of the passengers.
So far, there has been no official information on the status of the passengers and crew.
Source: Bahrain News Agency