Indonesian Lion Air passenger plane crashes into sea with 189 on board


JAKARTA, Indonesia —Indonesia Plane Crash Adds to Country’s Troubling Safety Record
A jetliner carrying 189 people from Jakarta crashed into the Java Sea on Monday, renewing concerns about air safety in a vast island nation dependent on air travel and raising questions about how a brand-new plane fell from the sky.
Minutes after takeoff, with the skies clear, the crew of Lion Air Flight 610 contacted air traffic controllers and asked permission to return to the airport.
“The request was permitted,” said a spokesman for the Indonesian air navigation authorities, Yohanes Sirait. “Then we lost contact. It was very quick, maybe around one minute.”
Witnesses who saw the plane hurtle into Karawang Bay, northeast of Jakarta, told the authorities they had not heard an explosion. Officials appeared to have given up any hope of survivors.
“I suspect all the passengers are dead,” said Marine Brig. Gen. Bambang Suryo, director of operations for the search and rescue agency.
By airplane standards, the Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed was brand new. It was delivered to Lion Air in August and had flown only about 800 total hours before it went down.
In an official statement, the rescue agency said the reason for the crash was still uncertain and confirmed that the plane's emergency local transmitter beacon did not emit a distress signal.
The plane had requested to return to Jakarta shortly after takeoff, according to Directorate of Air Transport spokesman Sindu Rahayu. "The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar," he said in a statement.
Images of debris and items such as a cellphone and flotation devices in the sea were posted on Twitter by Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Members of Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) inspect debris recovered from near the waters where a Lion Air passenger jet is suspected to crash, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia Monday. A Lion Air flight crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital on Monday in a blow to the country's aviation safety record after the lifting of bans on its airlines by the European Union and U.S.
Serpihan pesawat Lion Air JT 610 yang jatuh di Perairan Karawang banyak ditemukan mengapung di permukaan laut. Kapal USV Fulmar menemukan serpihan berupa pelampung, HP dan lainnya. Basarnas dibantu Kementerian Perhubungan, TNI, Polri & relawan terus lakulan evakuasi.
The plane was a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was delivered to Lion Air in August, according to data from air traffic tracking site Flightradar24.
The official China News Service said a Chinese company, China Minsheng Investment Group Leasing Holdings Ltd., owned the plane and leased it to Lion Air.
The president of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, told reporters Monday that the plane had a technical issue on its previous flight but said it had been resolved according to the manufacturer’s procedures. He did not provide any specific details on that incident...

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