Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

"The plane crashed into water about 30 to 40 metres deep", said Search and Rescue Agency spokesperson Yusuf Latif.

Indonesia transport ministry official says it was carrying 189 people - including two infants and its crew.

Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency today posted photos online of a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage collected by search and rescue vessels that have converged on the area.

Indonesia's Air Force says it has deployed three helicopters for search and evacuation in the waters of Tanjung Karawang.

"It has been confirmed that it has crashed".

"We will collect all data from the control tower", said Soerjanto Tjahjono.

"But the most important is the blackbox".

It's believed the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on the plane was inactive. They are also looking for the aircraft's black box, which is an electronic recording device.

"Boeing stands ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation", it said, adding that in accordance with global protocol, all inquiries should be directed to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee. The plane was a Boeing Co.

Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft, tweeted that it was "aware" of the incident and "closely monitoring the situation".

After a short flight, it was due to arrive in Pangkal Pinang an hour later.

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Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said "we can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact, its position cannot be ascertained yet".

A news conference would be held later on Monday, he told Reuters.

"We are still trying to dive to search for the plane", said Air Marshal Syaugi.

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

The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the Java Sea.

No one was reported injured in either of those incidents, according to reports on the website Aviation Safety Network.

Founded in 1999, Lion Air's only fatal accident to date was in 2004, when an MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said 198 people were on board.

Lion Air took delivery of that 737 Max in August, and according to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, had clocked 800 hours of flight time before Monday's accident.

They were damaged beyond fix in various accidents, according to Aviation Safety Network.

An artist's rendition courtesy of Boeing shows a 737 MAX passenger jet in Lion Air livery. The order was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website.

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