Indonesia's Lion Air crash debris spotted in sea

Devin Lawrence
October 29, 2018

The ill-fated Indonesian carrier Lion Air's flight, that crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Monday, was reportedly being flown by an Indian captain.

The national search and rescue agency said human remains have been recovered from the crash area.

The scheduled Flight JT-610 was headed to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands from the Indonesian capital.

Around 160 search and rescue personnel in several ships and helicopters were at the suspected accident site to try to locate survivors and the plane's black boxes, which will serve later to clarify what happened, Efe news reported. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24.

"At the moment personnel from Karawang water police unit are heading to the coordinates to check whether the information we received was accurate", said local police chief Slamet Waluyo.

"We can not give any comment at this moment".

If all on board prove to have died, the Lion Air crash would rank as Indonesia's second-worst air disaster, after a Garuda Indonesia A300 crash in Medan that killed 214 people in 1997.

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Mabaya said indications at this stage are that there were no South African citizens on the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which crashed minutes after leaving Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

According to Flightradar24 data, the aircraft climbed to an altitude of 2,050 ft. and reached a speed of 265 kt. around 80 seconds after take-off, before descending to 1,475 ft. and accelerating to 330 kt. over the following 25 seconds.

In a statement, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson told it was "aware of reports of the missing Lion Air aircraft in Indonesia".

Budi suspected the downed Lion Air JT 610 was now submerged 30-35 meters under the Tanjung Karawang waters.

In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing in Bali, crashing into the sea, but all 108 people on board survived, according to the AP.

As per Indonesia's finance ministry spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti there were 20 officials on board the crashed Lion passenger jet.

"Our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of lives in the Lion Air Plane crash, off the coast of Jakarta today".

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