Jakarta, Indonesia-A Lion Air jetline with 188 people crashed shortly after starting tomorrow morning from Jakarta in what was the…
Jakarta, Indonesia-A Lion Air jetline with 188 people crashed shortly after starting tomorrow morning from Jakarta in what was the first big accident with a new variant of the popular Boeing 737.
Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue service, confirmed that the plane crashed. Port authorities said ships had been deployed to an area outside Java, the main island of the archipelago, to the area where it was last heard.
Indonesia’s air traffic controller said it lost contact with Flight JT610 at 6:33 PM, about 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta’s main airport for Pangkal Pinang, a city on Bangka Island, near Sumatra.
The Ministry of Transport said that the aircraft had 1
81 passengers and seven crew members and that the pilots pilots had requested returning to Jakarta airport before they disappeared from radar.
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Images circulated by the National Disaster Office showed oil and gas workers in the oil field in the area recovering junk believed to be from the crash site, including mobile phones and materials from the planet. The agency also released a video that turned out to have an oil clique on the ocean’s surface.
The aircraft was a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet delivered to Lion Air in August, according to Flightglobal, a flight publication and aircraft database. It was equipped with CFM International LEAP-1B engines, which, with other technological improvements, make the planet more fuel and cost-effective for the airlines to operate.
A spokesman for the Chicago-based airplane maker said: “Boeing is aware of reports of a plane accident and closely follows the situation.”
Boeing has orders of more than 3000 of the jets and has delivered about 220 since it began flights last year. Lion Air has received 13 so far, according to Boeing’s website.
Lion Air, formally known as PT Lion Mentari Airlines, is one of the largest budget companies in Asia and owned by Indonesian tycoon Rusdi Kirana. The carrier has had a stingy security record, including a crash involving a new Boeing jet in April 2013 caused by the pilot error. Flight 904, which transported 108 passengers and crew crashed into shallow water just outside of the main airport at the resort of Bali. All those on board were rescued.
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The latest high-profile passenger crash crash in Indonesia occurred on December 28, 2014, when an Air Asia Airbus A320 went down to the Javahavet and killed all 162 people aboard. The accident gave rise to extensive debates, as security experts argued that it was caused by regulatory shortcomings and other system problems affecting the country’s aviation system.
In the wake of the crash, which occurred while US and European authorities limited the operation of Indonesian airlines for security reasons, the government and representatives of the country’s operators committed to increasing control.
The crash became famous in the air circles, as French government investigators, who participated in the probe, publicly criticized Indonesia to ease the error of the airplane. The experts concluded that the crew “missile” with the air traffic control resulted in a deadly stall, and the cited systemic maintenance disappears.
-I made Sentana and Andy Pasztor to this article.