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UPDATES On Indonesia’s Lion Air Boeing 737 Passenger Plane That Crashed With 189 People On Board

 

UPDATE: Lion Air Flight JT610 was flying from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang, and crashed into the Java Sea after the pilot asked to turn around, officials said reports NY Times; No signal was received from emergency locator, officials told Reuters; Lion Air took delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on Aug 13 this year, reports ChannelNews Asia; Had only about 800 flight hours.

UPDATE: Boeing said in a tweet that it was aware of reports of an airplane accident and it was “closely monitoring” the situation. The accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet. The first Boeing 737 MAX jets were introduced into service in 2017. Lion Air’s Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air, received the very first global delivery.

UPDATE: Lion Air took delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on Aug 13 this year, reports Singapore’s ChannelNews Asia citing Indonesian officials

There were 189 people were on board, including six crew members and two pilots. Two infants and a child were among the passengers.

According to the report, Indonesian officials named the captain of the flight as Bhavye Suneja, who according to local media reports, has been identified as an Indian national who has been with the airline for seven years.

According to Lion Air, Suneja and his co-pilot, Harvino, had 11,000 hours of flying between them.

UPDATE: “We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors,” said Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency at a news conference Monday afternoon reports Reuters, adding that no distress signal had been received from the aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter.

UPDATE: Wreckage had been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground.

An official of Indonesia’s safety transport committee said he could not confirm the cause of the crash, which would have to wait until the recovery of the plane’s black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder are known.

“We will collect all data from the control tower,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono. “The plane is so modern, it transmits data from the plane and that we will review too. But the most important is the blackbox.”

Australia had not received signals from the plane’s emergency locator either, it told Indonesia in a reply to a query, agency chief Syaugi said.

The effort to locate the wreckage and retrieve the black bloxes will represent the second major deep sea recovery challenge for Indonesian investigators after an AirAsia Airbus jet crashed into the Java Sea in December 2015.

Under international rules, the U.S. National Transporation Safety Board will automatically assist with the inquiry into Monday’s crash, backed up by technical advisers from Boeing and U.S.-French engine maker CFM International, co-owned by General Electric and Safran.

UPDATE: Founded in 1999, Lion Air’s only fatal accident to date was in 2004, when an MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City, killing 25 of the 163 people on board, the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network says.

However, six other Lion Air jets, including one that crash-landed in the water short of the runway at the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2013, were damaged beyond repair in various accidents, according to Aviation Safety Network.

Lion Air was removed from the European Union’s air safety blacklist in June 2016.

The privately owned airline in April announced a firm order to buy 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 narrow body jets with a list price of $6.24 billion. It is one of the U.S. planemaker’s largest customers globally.

First report:

JAKARTA; Oct 29, 2018: An Indonesian Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into Java sea off the Indonesian coast shortly after take-off from Jakarta, the search and rescue agency said on Monday.

“The plane crashed into water about 30 to 40 meters deep,” Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP. “We’re still searching for the remains of the plane.”

Indonesia’s disaster agency posted photos online of a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels that have converged on the area.

“The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and six flight attendants,” said Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry.

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30am, about 13 minutes after it took off, bound for Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka off the coast of Sumatra island. A tugboat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling, the official added.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24.

“It’s true that Lion Air JT 610 has lost contact. We have forwarded the information to search and rescue teams,” AirNav Indonesia spokesman Yohanes Harry Douglas had said in a statement.

Flight JT610 took off around 6.20 am and was due to have landed in the capital of the Bangka-Belitung tin mining hub at 7.20 am, the tracking service showed.

Flightradar website said it was a Boeing 737. The website tracked the plane, showing it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast.

The accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet. The first Boeing 737 MAX jets were introduced into service in 2017. Lion Air’s Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air, received the very first global delivery.

Boeing said in a tweet that it was aware of reports of an airplane accident and it was “closely monitoring” the situation.

Indonesia relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands but has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered several fatal crashes in recent years.

Last year the Indonesian air traffic controllers association revealed that the rate of take-off and landings in Jakarta allowed by state-run air navigation company AirNav was more than the airport could handle, increasing the chance of accidents.

Indonesia’s air travel industry is booming, with the number of domestic passengers growing significantly over the past decade, but it has acquired a reputation for poor regulation.






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