More Than 180 On Board When Lion Air Plane Crashes in Sea Off Indonesia

Lion Air jet with 189 on board crashes in sea off Indonesia; no survivors expected

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Here are the latest updates:

Update 9:40 a.m. EDT Oct. 29: Pope Francis has conveyed his condolences to those affected by the crash, which officials said likely claimed the lives of all 189 people on board.

The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said in a telegram to the Vatican’s representative in Indonesia that the pope “offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss” following Monday’s crash.

Update 6:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 29: An Indonesian rescue official said search crews have recovered human remains, according to The Associated Press.

Update 6:11 a.m. EDT Oct. 29: An Indonesian rescue official said no survivors are expected in Monday’s jet crash, The Associated Press is reporting.

Update 5:12 a.m. EDT Oct. 29: Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has called for the National Commission for Transportation Safety to investigate Monday’s crash, according to The Associated Press

Widodo said people should “keep on praying” as rescuers continue to search for victims, the AP reported.

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Update 3:42 a.m. EDT Oct. 29: Indonesian search and rescue officials “will not speculate on the cause of the crash until the black box is found,” the Guardian reported. Authorities said the plane had experienced a “technical issue” on an earlier flight, but the problem reportedly had been resolved. 

Meanwhile, Lion Air identified the pilots and crew members on board Flight JT610, according to the Guardian. They include Bhavye Suneja, the captain; co-pilot Harvino; and crew members Citra Noivita Anggelia, Deny Maula, Shintia Melina, Damayanti Simarmata, Alviani Hidayatul Solikha and Mery Yulianda. Suneja, who has been with the airline more than seven years, has logged about 6,000 flight hours, while Harvino has more than 5,000, the Guardian reported.

 

Boeing also released the following statement on the crash:

“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).”

 

Update 2:29 a.m. EDT Oct. 29: Rescue crews have spotted debris in the Java Sea, including cellphones, driver’s licenses and clothes, according to the Guardian.

 

Meanwhile, an Indonesian air navigation authority spokesman said the missing flight “requested a return to the airport shortly before it crashed,” the Guardian reported. Air traffic control approved the request.

Original report: A Lion Air passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off Monday morning from Jakarta with 189 people aboard, according to news reports.

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Flight JT-610 was heading from the Indonesian capital to the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands, Pangkal Pinang, according to the BBC, when it crashed into the sea near West Java, The Straits Times reported.

The plane, believed to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8,  took off at 6:20 a.m. local time and lost contact with air traffic controllers just after 6:30 a.m.

 

"We cannot give any comment at this moment. We are trying to collect all the information and data,” airline chief executive Edward Sirait told Reuters.

Indonesia media outlets are reporting that a tugboat crew near Tanjung Priok reported seeing plane debris in the water.

There were 178 adults on board the flight, one child, two babies and a flight crew of eight, the BBC reported.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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