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Indonesia plane crash highlights: Crashed Lion Air jet possibly found, search on for flight recorders

Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes: The Lion Air flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea minutes later.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 1, 2018 7:16:58 am
A rescuer inspects a part of Lion Air plane flight JT 610 retrieved from the waters where it’s believed to have crashed at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakara)

After the Lion Air flight carrying 189 passengers crashed into the sea on Monday morning, the search and rescue team happens to have found part of the body of a Lion Air plane, Indonesia’s military chief Wednesday told television channels. Indonesia has also deployed “pinger locators” to try to locate the plane’s blackboxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are known, at the crash site.

The pilot, an Indian died in the crash, confirmed the Indian Embassy in Jakarta. Rescue officials also said that they are not expecting any survivors. Human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings were retrieved by the rescuers in Java Sea. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea minutes later.

President Joko Widodo ordered an investigation and urged Indonesians to “keep on praying.” An official of Indonesia’s safety transport committee said he could not confirm the cause of the crash, which would have to wait until the recovery of the plane’s black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder are known.

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09:26 (IST)31 Oct 2018
Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects debris retrieved from the seas

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, left, and Chief of National Search and Rescue Agency Muhammad Syaugi, right, inspect debris retrieved. (AP Photo) 

09:01 (IST)31 Oct 2018
Possible seabed position of crashed Lion Air jet located

A massive search effort has identified the possible seabed location of the crashed Lion Air jet, Indonesia's military chief said Wednesday, as experts carried out the grim task of identifying dozens of body parts recovered from a 15 nautical mile search area.

20:24 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Hunt on for doomed plane's cockpit recorders

Indonesia deployed divers on Tuesday to search for an airliner that crashed with 189 people on board, as 'pinger locators' tried to zero in on its cockpit recorders and find out why an almost-new plane went down in the sea minutes after take-off. Sonar vessels and an underwater drone have also been hunting for the wreckage of the fuselage, where many victims were feared trapped, officials said.

The head of a national transport safety panel, Soerjanto Tjahjono, said that underwater 'pinger locators', including equipment from Singapore, were being deployed to help find the aircraft's black boxes.

20:22 (IST)30 Oct 2018
DGCA reviews performance of Boeing 737 MAX planes operated by Jet Airways, SpiceJet

"As on date, six B737Max 8 aircraft in India have accumulated about 4,000 hours since their induction effective June 2018 onwards. There are no significant technical issues encountered on these aircraft," the official said. However, the official did not elaborate.
More than 200 737 MAX planes have been delivered across the world by Boeing. Following the crash, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had also sought details about it from Boeing and US regulator Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

18:32 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Lion Air to meet Boeing officials to discuss doomed plane

"We have many questions for them ... This was a new plane," Lion Air Director Daniel Putut told reporters at a police hospital where doctors were identifying victim from Monday's crash. Lion Air, one of Boeing's largest customers globally, announced in April a firm order to buy 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 narrowbody jets with a list price of $6.24 billion. Putut said the next delivery of the 737 MAX aircraft would have to undergo "an evaluation process" following the crash.

16:58 (IST)30 Oct 2018
26 body bags sent to identification experts

Rescue personnel searched the sea where the plane crashed northeast of Jakarta, sending 26 body bags to identification experts, while the airline flew dozens of grieving relatives to the country's capital, Jakarta.

The 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed into the Java Sea early Monday, just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta for an island off Sumatra. Its pilot requested clearance to return to the airport just 2-3 minutes after takeoff, indicating a problem, though the cause is still baffling.

Aircraft debris and personal belongings including ID cards, clothing and bags found scattered in the sea were spread out on tarps at a port in north Jakarta and sorted into evidence bags.       (AP)

15:22 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Boeing experts to arrive in Indonesia for probe on Wednesday

Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee says experts from Boeing will arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday to help with the investigation of the crash of a Lion Air jet. The 2-month-old Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed into the sea northeast of Jakarta on Monday just minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.

Accident investigator Ony Suryo Wibowo told a news conference that officials have only a small amount of information so far and don't know if it's correct. He implored the public to be patient. The plane's flight recorders have not yet been located. He said: "To all Indonesian people, we are saddened and offer condolences but give us time to investigate why the plane crashed. Give us a chance to look deeply, to look at the whole problem, so the responsibility given to us by the government can be carried out.''

15:00 (IST)30 Oct 2018
'Plane had airspeed problem on flight prior to crash'

An official of Indonesia's national transportation safety committee said, 'The suspected cause of the accident is still being investigated and it is making us all curious what could have caused it.' He said the committee has a recording of the conversation between the pilot of JT610 before it crashed and the control tower at Jakarta, as well as input from the public, including comments on social media. 'We are also asking for information from the last pilot who flew from Denpasar to Jakarta, but we have not met the technician,' he added. 

14:54 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Indonesian jet flew erratically the day before it crashed

The jet that crashed in Indonesia on Monday morning flew erratically during a flight the previous evening when it experienced a "technical problem", according to data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24. After taking off from Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali on Sunday evening, the jet reported unusual variations in altitude and airspeed in the first several minutes of flight - including an 875-foot drop over 27 seconds when it would normally be ascending - before stabilising and flying on to Jakarta. However, the pilots kept the plane at a maximum altitude of 28,000 feet compared with 36,000 feet on the same route earlier in the week.

Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait told reporters on Monday a technical problem had occurred on the Denpasar-Jakarta flight but it had been resolved "according to procedure".        (Reuters)

14:20 (IST)30 Oct 2018
800 people involved in rescue ops

Distraught family members struggled to comprehend the sudden loss of loved ones in the crash of a plane with experienced pilots in fine weather. "This is a very difficult time for our family,'' said Leo Sihombing, outside a crisis center set up for family members at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport.

"We know that it is very unlikely that my cousin is still alive, but no one can provide any certainty or explanation,'' he said as other family members wept and hugged each other. "What we hope now is rescuers can find his body, so we can bury him properly, and authorities can reveal what caused the plane crash,'' Sihombing said.

More than 800 people from multiple agencies are involved in the search, which was Tuesday expanded to a 10 nautical mile area. Specialist ships and remotely operated underwater vehicles have been deployed to search for the plane's hull and flight recorders.

Search and Rescue Agency chief Muhammad Syaugi said search teams are going ``all out'' to locate the aircraft's fuselage.

He has said he's certain it won't take long to locate the hull of the aircraft and its flight recorders due to the relatively shallow 30 meter (115 foot) depth of the waters where it crashed.

14:18 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet scared passengers

Two passengers on the plane's previous flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday have described issues that caused frustration and alarm. Alon Soetanto told TVOne the plane dropped suddenly several times in the first few minutes of its flight. "About three to eight minutes after it took off, I felt like the plane was losing power and unable to rise. That happened several times during the flight,'' he said. "We felt like in a roller coaster. Some passengers began to panic and vomit.''

His account is consistent with data from flight-tracking sites that show erratic speed, altitude and direction in the minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet took off. A similar pattern is also seen in data pinged from Monday's fatal flight. Safety experts cautioned, however, that the data must be checked for accuracy against the plane's so-called black boxes, which officials are confident will be recovered.

In a detailed post online, Indonesian TV presenter Conchita Caroline said boarding of Sunday's flight was delayed by more than an hour and when the plane was being towed, a technical problem forced it to return to its parking space.

She said passengers sat in the cabin without air conditioning for at least 30 minutes listening to an ``unusual'' engine roar, while some children vomited from the overbearing heat, until staff faced with rising anger let them disembark.

After about 30 minutes of passengers waiting on the tarmac, they were told to board again while an engine was checked. Caroline said she queried a staff member but was met with a defensive response. "He just showed me the flight permit that he had signed and he said the problem had been settled,'' she said. "He treated me like a passenger full of disturbing dramas even though what I was asking represented friends and confused tourists who didn't understand Indonesian.''


10:26 (IST)30 Oct 2018
US expresses condolence for Indonesian plane crash victims

The US has extended its deepest condolences for the victims of Lion Air flight that crashed on Monday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia in this time of sorrow. Preparations are underway to assist the Indonesian government in its investigation of this tragic accident," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. "The Unites States extends its deepest condolences to those who lost family and loved ones in the October 29 plane crash in Indonesia," she said in a statement.

09:50 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Rescuers retrieve 10 intact human bodies from crash site

Search and rescue personnel worked through the night to find victims of the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia, sending 24 body bags to identification experts as the airline flew dozens of grieving relatives to the country's capital. The National Search and Rescue Agency said Tuesday that 10 intact bodies, as well as body parts, had been recovered. -AP

09:20 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Grief echoes in pilot Bhavye Suneja's Delhi home

Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja flew the Lion Air aircraft that went down on Monday. At his parents’ house in Delhi’s Mayur Vihar-I, friends and family gathered through the morning as news of the crash spread – some who saw Bhavye grow up, others who grew up with him and remember him as someone they went to Karate or coaching classes with. At 5:30 pm, Suneja’s parents Sangeeta and Gulshan, and his younger sister Ruhani left for the airport, to board a flight to Jakarta. “Pray for us,” is all that Sangeeta said before leaving. Read more

07:51 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Indonesia plane crash: Rescue ops underway

More than 24 hours after the crash, rescue operations are still underway in Indonesia. Relatives and friends wept, prayed and hugged each other as they waited at Jakarta's airport and at Pangkal Pinang's airport on Bangka island off Sumatra where the flight was headed. Some including Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani headed to the search and rescue agency's headquarters in Jakarta for information. About 20 ministry staff were on the flight.

07:51 (IST)30 Oct 2018
Indonesia plane crash: Rescue ops underway

More than 24 hours after the crash, rescue operations are still underway in Indonesia. Relatives and friends wept, prayed and hugged each other as they waited at Jakarta's airport and at Pangkal Pinang's airport on Bangka island off Sumatra where the flight was headed. Some including Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani headed to the search and rescue agency's headquarters in Jakarta for information. About 20 ministry staff were on the flight.

22:26 (IST)29 Oct 2018
Rescuers retrieve human remains, pieces of aircraft; operations still underway

Rescuers in inflatable boats retrieved human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings from the Java Sea. The disaster is a setback for Indonesia's airline industry, which just emerged from decadelong bans by the European Union and the U.S. over safety concerns.

Relatives and friends wept, prayed and hugged each other as they waited at Jakarta's airport and at Pangkal Pinang's airport on Bangka island off Sumatra where the flight was headed.

A relative of a passenger of a Lion Air plane cries while waiting for update on the plane that crashed off Java Island, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. A Lion Air flight crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital on Monday in a blow to the country's aviation safety record after the lifting of bans on its airlines by the European Union and U.S. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
21:41 (IST)29 Oct 2018
Rescue agency spokesman warns against spreading hoax news

Agency spokesman is constantly tweeting about hoax videos and photos doing rounds on social media and warns people from believing them.

20:36 (IST)29 Oct 2018
Plane was at around 5000 feet above the ground before failing towards the sea

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane was delivered in August and had 800 hours of flying time. It sank in waters about 30 to 35 metres depth, north of the coast of Java island. The aircraft was declared operationally feasible, the airline statement said. Preliminary flight tracking data from the Flightradar website, which tracks air traffic in real time from all around the world, showed the aircraft climbed to around 5,000 feet before losing, and then regaining, height, before finally falling towards the sea. It was last recorded at 3,650 feet and its speed had increased to 345 knots, the website showed.

19:49 (IST)29 Oct 2018
BASARNAS implemented a 24-hour search to look for the exact spot of the plane debris
Fatal accidents by phase of flight

The Boeing 737-800 departed the Indonesian capital about 6.20 a.m. for Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra. Data for Flight 610 on aircraft tracking website FlightAware ends just a few minutes following takeoff.

A telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the air force has requested assistance with the search of a location at sea off Java. A report to the Jakarta Search and Rescue Office cites the crew of a tug boat reporting a Lion Air flight falling from the sky. It said several vessels have headed to the location.

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