A Lion Air passenger ship that departed Monday from Jakarta, Indonesia's largest city, on its way to a nearby island…
A Lion Air passenger ship that departed Monday from Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, on its way to a nearby island crashed into the ocean just after the start of 189 people aboard in clear skies and launched a gloomy mission to find unlikely survivors and remnants from the deep waters.
Rescuers began to pull out trash from the depths of the ocean, including parts of the aircraft hull, ID cards and bags belonging to the passengers on board. People at an offshore refinery nearby also found the remains of the aircraft, including airports, in the water. Officials say they have not received confirmation that someone has survived.
“We are waiting for a miracle of God,” said Nugroho Budi Wiryanto, Deputy Operations Manager at the National Search and Rescue Service. At least 300 rescuers have been deployed from the agency, he says, still looking for the aircraft’s main body.
The Lion Air JT-61
0 lost contact with air traffic officials and dropped from over 3000 feet about 13 minutes after starting and descending into the ocean below, officials said and added that people on a nearby tugboat saw the plane down. FlightAware and Flightradar24 airports showed that the aircraft climbed incorrectly, barely reached over 5,000 feet, before moving quickly and disappeared from radar.
Among the aboard there were two pilots, six pilots and two children. Twenty employees from the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia were also on board.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s National Disaster Bureau, shared a video on Twitter by shipwreckers on tugboats looking for junk off Karawang’s coast, an area in western Java near Jakarta. He also shared photos of missing mobile phones and a ripped bag that rescuers recovered. Savior will also dive to find debris and remain in the ocean, which has a depth of about 114 feet.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was purchased this year by Lion Air, South East Asia’s second largest low cost airline. The aircraft is one of Boeing’s newest and had flown hundreds of hours since Lion Air started driving it on August 15th. It departed at. 06.21 local time and was scheduled to arrive at 7:20 pm on Pangkal Pinang, the largest city on the nearby Indonesian island of Bangka.
Boeing said it had received confirmation that the Indonesian Ministry of Transport had located the plane wreck.
“Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Flight JT 610. We express our concern for those on board and extend heartfelt sympathy to their families and dear,” reads a company’s statement. “Boeing is ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation.”
A quarrel has been established in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinangfor families of passengers and crew members on the planet, said Pramintohadi Soekarno, acting civil director of civil aviation.
The flight was commanded by Capt. Bhavye Suneja, who had more than 6,000 flight hours, and his fellow pilot, who had more than 5,000 hours, said officials.
Indonesian officials and experts say the exact cause of the crash will not be completed until flight data, especially from the planet’s black box, is retrieved. A calculated spot for the black box has been identified and divers are searching for it. A statement from Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport said the plane had requested to return to base before losing contact. Skies were clear and there were no deviations in the weather.
Aircraft manufacturers and carriers have long appreciated Indonesia as one of the region’s fastest growing airline markets with an increasing middle class. Flights are a necessity to darta over Indonesia’s vast archipelago of islands. Domestic passenger traffic has tripled over the past 12 years to 97 million in 2017.
However, the country has long received mixed reviews on aviation safety and all airlines were only removed from the EU Air Safety List and are considered safe to travel this June. Lion Air was allowed to fly in E.U. airspace 2016.
Lion Air, founded in 1999, is Indonesia’s largest budget airline. It has been involved in a number of incidents in recent years, but none with deaths. One of their jets collided with a flight from another carrier, Wings Air, on Sumatra last year, but no one was injured. In 2013, a flight of Lion Air crashed into the sea after landing at the resort of Bali. Several were injured, but no one was killed.
2004 moved a Lion Air plane from the track in heavy rains when the land landed in Solo and killed 31.
Timothy McLaughlin in Hong Kong contributed to the reporting. Mahtani reported from Hong Kong. Rohmah reported from Jakarta.