A tragic incident has occurred in Indonesia as the country is trying to come to terms with the disastrous crash that left many families devastated, after a passenger jet ferrying 189 people crashed into sea.
A Lion Air jet carrying 189 people crashed in the Java Sea off Indonesia, in potentially the worst commercial aviation in recent time in the country.
The Indonesian passenger flight carrying 188 people crashes into sea. “It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said by text message, when asked about the fate of the Lion Airplane. The plane was carrying 188 people, including crew.
Reports received at Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta indicated the remains of the plane had been spotted.
Wreckage had been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground, said Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.
“We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors,” Syaugi told a news conference, adding that no distress signal had been received from the aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter.
“We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm.”
Flight JT610, operating a brand new Boeing Co. 737 Max 8, took off from the capital Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time Monday and lost contact 13 minutes later when it was at an altitude of about 3,000 feet, according to Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency. The aircraft was heading for the popular tourist destination of Pangkal Pinang, off Sumatra.
personal belongings and life vests have been found and ships and helicopters have been deployed to the site, said agency head M. Syaugi. The shallow waters in the area have an average depth of about 150 feet. “We’re trying to dive to locate the plane,” Syaugi said. Authorities earlier said there were 188 people on board.
Based on the number of people on the plane, the incident could be the most lethal since a Russian Metrojet aircraft with 224 people on board crashed in Egypt in 2015.
Boeing said in a tweet that it’s “aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation.” Engine maker CFM International says it’s standing by to offer assistance to Lion Air.