Plane carrying 188 people crashes after take-off

Dwayne Harmon
October 29, 2018

"At the moment personnel from Karawang water police unit are heading to the coordinates to check whether the information we received was accurate", Waluyo told broadcaster Kompas TV. He said six body bags have been used so far for human remains recovered. The airline said the plane was carrying 181 passengers including three children, and eight crew members.

"The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar", he added in a statement.

The head of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management has tweeted about the fallen aircraft with images of the debris found from the plane.

Flight JT610 took off from Jakarta at around 6:20 a.m. local time on October 29, and was scheduled to arrive at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang City, Indonesia, at 7:20 a.m.

The plane took off at 6:20 a.m. and lost contact about 13 minutes later, the airline said in a statement.

The waters in the area are roughly 30-35 metres deep.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 was delivered to Lion Air in mid-August and put in use within days, according to aviation website Flightradar24.

The effort to find the wreckage and retrieve the black boxes represents a major challenge for investigators in Indonesia, where an AirAsia Airbus jet crashed in the Java Sea in December 2015.

Relatives of passengers comfort each other as they wait for news on a Lion Air plane that crashed off Java Island at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

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A plane with more than 180 people on board has crashed off the coast of Indonesia. They routinely took this flight.

Debris has been spotted including a passenger seat, Indonesian media have reported.

The country's carriers have in the past faced years-long bans from entering European Union and United States airspace over their safety records.

Air transport is crucial for connecting the country's tens of thousands of islands, but Indonesia has seen a number of airplane crashes in the past few years, including a Lion Air crash near Bali in 2013.

How is Lion Air's safety record?

The passengers' belongings that were floating on the sea surface are now gathered at Basarnas' JITC II rescue post in Tanjung Priok.

Lion Air is a low-priced carrier from Indonesia.

A crash in 2004, however, left 25 people dead.

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