A Lion Air plane has crashed into the ocean minutes after its take-off from Jakarta. It is revealed that the aircraft lost radio communication after just 13-minutes into its take-off.
The Boeing 737 bound to Pangkal Pinang was carrying 189 passengers which included two infants, crew members, passengers and 20 finance ministry staffs.
The aircraft was under the control of Captain Bhavye Suneja and co-pilot Harvino, who has got 6,000 and 5,000 hours of flying experience respectively.
A tugboat in Karawang spotted ‘debris’ in the ocean and it is doubted that the plane sank. Search and rescue operations are being carried out by the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency. Boats, divers and a helicopter are all involved in the search operation.
Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief, M Syaugi said the agency had already found other debris from the aircraft including mobile phones and buoys.
The debris was found 2 nautical miles away from the reported crash site.
The Lion Air plane lost contact with air traffic controllers at 6.33am. Flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at 6.20am local time and lost contact at 6.33am. The Boeing 737 was originally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am. It is a highlight that the Indonesia based airlines have got a poor safety record.
Back in 2006, the European Union had banned Lion Air from entering the airspace of any member state after being deemed unsafe due to a poor safety record. The ban was lifted in 2016.
As per an official, it is expected that the search and rescue operation won’t be taking too long. Stay tuned for timely updates.