A Lion Air plane crashes with 188 occupants in the Java Sea, in Indonesia

A Lion Air plane crashes with 188 occupants in the Java Sea, in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities confirmed today that a plane from local low-cost carrier Lion Air crashed within minutes of taking off in the Java Sea with 188 passengers on board, 181 passengers and seven crew.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 with identification JT 610 and about 800 hours of flight, disappeared from the radars 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta airport at 6.20 local time (23.20 GMT Sunday) to Pangkal Pinang.

Before crashing, the pilot had requested the return to the airfield of the Indonesian capital, said the authorities.

At the time of the disappearance, the device was flying over the Java Sea, said the director of the national emergency agency, Muhammad Syaugi, during a press conference in Jakarta.

The aircraft was carrying 181 passengers - including one child and two babies - and seven crew members - two pilots and five flight attendants - according to official figures.

Although other authorities increase to six flight attendants and 189 victims.

The spokesman of the emergency teams, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, showed on his Twitter account the first debris found: parts of the fuselage, interior seats or personal effects of the victims, among other objects.

According to aviation expert Gerry Soejatman, the discovered remains indicate that "the aircraft would have hit the water at high speed".

The plane was scheduled to land one hour after its departure in the aforementioned city of Bangka Island.

About 160 rescue personnel in several ships and helicopters are in the supposed area of ​​the accident in search of survivors and black boxes of the device, which will serve to clarify later what happened.

A similar aircraft from Lion Air, the largest low-cost airline in Indonesia, already suffered an incident in 2013 when it crashed during the final approach to Ngurah Rai International Airport on the island of Bali.

All the people -101 passengers and 7 crew members- survived the accident.

In December 2014, an airplane belonging to the Indonesian subsidiary of the AirAsia company crashed with 162 people on board while on the Surabaya-Singapore route.


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