A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft with 189 people on board has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta this morning.
Flight JT 610 was headed for Pangkal Pinang in the Bangka Belitung Islands, from Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, when it lost contact and is believed to have ended up under water.
No survivors have been found on the low-cost carrier’s aircraft which reportedly only entered into service in August last year.
Lion Air released a statement which reads: “Lion Air flight JT610 en-route to Pangkalpinang has crashed near Kerawang (S 5’49.052” E 107’ 06.628” ), 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport at 6:20 AM.
“The flight carried 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infant, including 3 crew under training and 1 technician.
“The aircraft is a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with registration number PK-LQP. It is made in 2018 and started its operation at Lion Air since 15 August 2018. The aircraft was declared operationally feasible.
“The aircraft is commanded by Captain. Bhavye Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew Shintia Melina, Citra Noivita Anggelia, Alviani Hidayatul Solikha, Damayanti Simarmata, Mery Yulianda, and Deny Maula. The captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot has more than 5,000 flight hours.
“Lion Air is concerned with the incident and will work with the relevant authorities and agencies on this matter.
“The number to the crisis center is 021-80820001 and for customer information 021-80820002.
“Information will be updated from time to time on our website.”
Boeing released a statement which read: “The Indonesia Ministry of Transportation has confirmed it has located the wreckage of Lion Air Flight JT 610, a 737 MAX 8 en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang.
“The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Flight JT 610. We express our concern for those on board, and extend heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones.
“Boeing stands ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation. In accordance with international protocol, all inquiries about aviation accident investigations must be directed to the Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).”