Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Indonesia rescuers retrieve body parts from Lion Air crash site

Indonesia plane crash,Lion Air,Lion Air jet A Lion Air commercial plane
| 29 October, 2018, 17:29

The flight was en route to the Indonesian city of Pangkal Pinang.

The pilot of the plane had requested to return to base before it lost contact 13 minutes into the flight. Malindo Air, a Malaysian subsidiary of Jakarta-based Lion Air, was the first airline to being using the 737 Max 8 previous year.

Indonesia's search and rescue agency has confirmed the plane crashed. At least one child, two babies and 178 passengers were one board, plus at least seven crew.

A Boeing 737 passenger plane has crashed after taking off from Jakarta's worldwide airport, with 188 people feared dead.

The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Greater Jakarta at 6.21 a.m. local time, and had been due to land at around 7:30 a.m.in Pangkal Pinan, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Bangka.

Debris was also seen near an offshore oil refinery operated by state-owned energy firm Pertamina, an official from the firm said.

Earlier, video footage apparently filmed at the scene of the crash showed a slick of fuel on the surface of the water and pictures showed what appeared to be an emergency slide and bits of wreckage bearing Lion Air's logo.

The Lion Air chief told reporters the plane had experienced a technical problem on a previous flight, but it had been resolved according to procedure.

Three of those on board were trainee flight attendants and one was a technician.


More than 20 Indonesian government officials were on board. They routinely took this flight.

In 2013 a Lion Air jet with a rookie pilot at the controls undershot the runway and crashed into the sea in Bali, splitting the plane in two. "We are trying to collect all the information and data".

The Lion Air jet that crashed was fit for operations, the airline said in a statement.

Edward Sirait, the CEO of Lion Air group, said he was trying to find information on the plane but can not give any further details at this stage.

"We don't know yet whether there are any survivors", Syaugi told a press conference.

Lion Air, which flies to 126 destinations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China, is the second largest low-priced carrier in south-east Asia (after Malaysia's AirAsia), and it's growing fast.

Feni, who uses a single name, said her soon to be married sister was on the flight, planning to meet relatives in Pangkal Pinang.

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets, although its safety record is patchy.

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