188 Passengers Dead In Plane Crash, Just After Take Off In Jakarta

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A passenger plane Lion Air flight JT610 carrying 188 people crashed into the sea off Jakarta on Monday.

The flight reportedly met it’s fate, minutes after taking off on a domestic flight to an Indonesian tin-mining region. The plane that was travelling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, lost contact with air traffic control about 13 minutes after it took off. The pilot had called out for help asking to return to base, however, the flight data showed that it made a sudden and sharp dive into the sea.

 

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Sadly, there has been no sign of survivors after the incident took place. Rescue officials claimed to have recovered human remains from the crash site which was about nine miles off the coast. This was a new model of Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, that was launched globally only last year. The particular plane had been in use only for past three months though.

Lion Air’s chief executive, Edward Sirait, informed the media that the plane had suffered “a technical issue” on Sunday night, however, the engineers repaired and cleared the aircraft to fly on Monday morning. He said,

“This plane previously flew from Denpasar to Jakarta. There was a report of a technical issue which had been resolved according to procedure.”

Earlier this morning Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who works at the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management as its head of public relations, tweeted visuals of rescue boats conducting their search operations.

Dozens of divers from the national search and rescue agency along with the military were working to retrieve the bodies of victims and also hoping to find some still alive. At the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, many distressed relatives eagerly awaited news of their loved ones at the airport crisis centre.

 

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Sutopo also tweeted that there were a total of 178 passengers, 1 adult child, 2 infants, 2 pilots and 5 Flight attendants on board.

Forensics officers informed the family members of those on board that they should assist with the identification process by providing medical and dental records at the police hospital in East Jakarta. Later, visuals of the debris of the aircraft floating on water were also shared on twitter.

 

Indonesia’s disaster agency spokesman said that the plane had gone down in waters about 30-35 metres (98-115 ft) deep.

 

Pilot Was An Indian

Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja captained the ill-fated flight of the Indonesian plane that crashed into the sea on Monday with 188 passengers and crew on board. The 31-year-old captain was experienced in flying nearly 6,000 flight hours whereas, his co-pilot did more than 5,000 flight hours. Captain Suneja was based out of Jakarta however, he originally belonged from New Delhi and was a alumni of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar.

 

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Bhavye Suneja – Pilot

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