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All 189 passengers presumed dead Lion Air Flight JT 610 crash

All 189 passengers presumed dead Lion Air Flight JT 610 crash. Not expecting survivors from Lion Air flight carrying 189, say rescue officials.

 

Lion Air Boeing 737 plane crashes with 188 People Onboard

Indonesian search and rescue officials have recovered body parts from the scene of the crash, in addition to ID cards, bags, mangled mobile phones, and other belongings.

They have also retrieved pieces of the aircraft, although the main body of the plane has not yet been found and they are not expecting any of those on board to have survived.

Operation director Bambang Suryo Aji told reporters:

“My prediction is that nobody survived because the victims that we found, their bodies were no longer intact. And it’s been hours, so it is likely 189 people have died.”

Among that on-board were crew, one baby, two children, and around 20 members of staff from the Indonesian finance ministry. See Manifest of Lion Air JT 610

The pilot Captain Bhavye Suneja from India died in the crash, confirmed the Indian Embassy in Jakarta. The Lion Air flight lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24.

Lion Air chief executive Edward Sirait admitted that the plane involved in the crash had experienced a “technical problem” on a previous flight, but said it had been resolved “according to procedure”.

He did not specify what the issue was and the airline insisted that the plane was airworthy when it left Jakarta at 6.20am, bound for Pangkal Pinang, on the island of Bangka, about an hour later.

But the Boeing 737-800 was cleared to return to its departure airport after making a request just two or three minutes after take-off before the crew of a tugboat nearby told authorities they saw it falling from the sky.

Yusuf Latif, a spokesperson for the search and rescue agency, said it crashed into the water “about 30 to 40 meters deep”.

Relatives gathered at Pangkal Pinang airport and the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency headquarters in the capital in the hope of good news, but have been told it is likely all those on board are dead.

 

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