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Doomed Indonesian plane with 189 on board had asked to return to the base

PAKISJAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people aboard crashed into the ocean on Monday when it tried…

PAKISJAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people aboard crashed into the ocean on Monday when it tried to call back to the capital Jakarta, where it had been removed a few minutes earlier and there was probably no survivor, officials said.

Lion Air airplane JT610, a nearly new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was heading to Pangkal Pinang, the capital of Bangka-Belitung ignition area. Rescue officials said they had restored some human remains from the crash site, about 15 km off the coast.

Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest growing aerospace markets, but the security disc is uneven. If all aboard is killed, the crash will be the country’s second worst air disaster since 1

997, industry experts said.

(Graphic: The Air Way to Indonesia’s Lion Air Flight JT610 – tmsnrtrsrs / 2OV3w18)

The pilot had asked to return to the base (RTB) after the plane departed from Jakarta. It lost contact with the ground staff after 13 minutes.

“It is true that an RTB was requested and had been approved, but we are still trying to find the cause,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono, Head of Indonesia’s Transport Safety Committee, to journalists, referring to the pilot’s request.

“We hope the black box is not far from the main break so it can be found soon,” he says, referring to the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.

Search and rescue agency Muhmmad Syaugi told a press conference earlier that no emergency signal had been received from the aircraft’s emergency transmitter.

Yusuf Latief, spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Service, said there were probably no survivors.

At least 23 government officials were four employees of the state mining mines PT Timah and three employees of a Timah subsidiary on the planet. A Lion Air official said that an Italian passenger and an Indian pilot were on board.

The plane went down into water about 30 meters to 35 meters deep. Items like handset and life jackets were found, along with body parts.

Ambulances were occupied at Karawang, on the coast east of Jakarta, and the police prepared rubber boats, told Reuters reporter. Fishing boats were used to search for.

Edward Sirait, CEO of Lion Air Group, told reporters that the aircraft had a technical problem on a flight from Bali Island to Jakarta, but it had been “resolved according to the procedure.”

Sirait refused to specify the nature of the issue but said none of its other aircraft of that model had the same problem. Lion had driven the 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and there was no plan to grind the rest of them, he said.

The accident is the first reported with the highly-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s single-axis work shaft.

Private-owned Lion Air said the aircraft had been operating since August, was airworthy, with its pilot and mediator plus accumulated 11,000 hours of flight time.


Security experts say that almost all accidents are caused by a combination of factors and only rarely have a single identifiable cause.

Relatives of passengers in Lion Air, JT610 flight crashing at the Depari Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang, Belitung island, Indonesia, October 29, 2018. Antara Photo / Hadi Sutrisno via REUTERS

The flight took off in clear weather at 6.20 pm and would have landed in Pangkal Pinang at 7.20

Distraught relatives to those on board arrived at the airport in Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang.

“Be patient, ask the best for dad”, a woman who arrived at Jakarta airport told a winking girl.

The woman refused to talk to reporters.

Joko Widodo, chairman, told a press conference to focus on search and rescue, and asked for the country’s prayers and support.

The effort to find the wreck and pick up the black boxes poses a major challenge for investigators in Indonesia, where an AirAsia Airbus jet crashed in the Java Sea in December 2014.

According to international regulations, the US National Transportation Safety Board will automatically to assist with the request, backed up by Boeing technical advisor and the American French engine manufacturer CFM International, owned by General Electric and Safran.

Boeing was deeply saddened by the loss, he said in a statement and was ready to provide technical assistance to the investigation.

Data from FlightRadar24 shows the first sign of any error every two minutes in flight, when the plane reached 610 meters.

It went down 152 ft (152 m) and angled to the left before it climbed back to 5 000 ft (1 524 m), where it stayed for most of the rest of the flight.

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It started increasing speed at the last moment and reached 345 knots (397 mph) before data was lost when it was 3 650 ft (1113 m).

Indonesia’s worst air disaster was in 1997 when a Garuda Indonesia A300 crashed in Medan and killed 214 people.

Founded in 1999, Lion Air was the only fatal accident in 2004 when an MD-82 crashed on landing at Solo City and killed 25 of the 163 on board, said the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network.

In April, the airline announced a fixed order to purchase 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 narrowbody jets with a list price of 6.24 billion dollars. It is one of the largest planetary customers in the world globally.

Further reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Cindy Silviana, Gayatri Suroyo and Franconian Nangoy, Bernadette Christina in Jakarta, Jamie Freed in Singapore and Tim Hepher in HONG KONG; Write by Ed Davies; Editing Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel

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