A plane of the company Lion Air crashed on Monday shortly after taking off off the coast of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, with 189 people on board, as reported to the local newspaper ‘Jakarta Post’ sources of the Ministry of Transport .
“It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” said Yusuf Latif, spokesman for search and rescue teams. The aircraft suffered the incident when it was heading to the town of Pangkal Pinang from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
The National Commission for Transport Safety has explained that two pilots and six crew members were on board the plane. Among the passengers, on the other hand, there were two children and a baby.
The country’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) lost contact with the plane 13 minutes after takeoff. It is a Boeing 737 MAX, as indicated by the aerial tracking platform Flightradar24.
“At 7.15 am the crew of a tugboat indicated that they had approached the area, where they saw remains of the fuselage of an airplane” in the Java Sea, indicated the Indonesian maritime service. The plane, which had taken off at 0620 hours, lost contact with the control tower at 6.33 in the morning after requesting to return to the airport
Indonesian authorities fear there will be no survivors, according to the Reuters news agency. The plane had taken off at 6.20 (local time) from Jakarta with 181 passengers, including three children, and eight crew on board for Pangkal Pinang, on the Bangka Belitung Islands.
Officials of the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) have confirmed that the wreckage of the aircraft has been found at sea in the Tanjung Karawang area, and that underwater rescue teams have been deployed to rescue the victims of the sinister.
The plane had taken off at 6.20 (local time) from Jakarta with 181 passengers, including three children, and eight crew on board for Pangkal Pinang, on the Bangka Belitung Islands.
Soerjanto Tjahjono, spokesman for the transport security commission, stressed that “all possible information will be collected from the control tower” to discern the causes of the incident. He has also emphasized the importance of recovering the black boxes of the aircraft.
“The plane is so modern that it transmits information from where it is, we will also review that data, but the most important thing is the black box,” he said.
The Boeing company has indicated that it is “closely monitoring” the situation. On the other hand, the executive director of the Lion Air group, Edward Sirait, has told the Reuters news agency that they are gathering as much information as possible.
Preliminary data indicate that the plane would have reached about 1,500 meters before starting to descend completely over the sea. The last known position of the plane is 15 kilometers north of Sumatra.