Published: Monday 29 October, 2018

Lion Air Indonesia Plane Crash with 188 on Board Confirmed, No Known Survivors

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Data from flight tracker site FlightRadar24 shows the path taken by Lion Air JT610 before it crashed. (FlightRadar24/Twitter)

Authorities have confirmed the crash of Lion Air Flight #JT610 in Indonesia. The Boeing 777 plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Jakarta and was carrying 188 people – 181 passengers and seven crew members. There are no known survivors at this time.

According to news reports, a tug boat leaving the port in Jakarta saw the airplane fall into the sea. Later, authorities confirmed the plane crash after debris, a large oil slick and body parts were seen around the area where the Lion Air jet fell.

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Lion Air Flight #JT610 was on its way to Pangkal Pinang, an island north of the Indonesian capital when it disappeared from the radar. Minutes earlier, the pilot radioed air traffic control and asked permission to go back to Jakarta though he did not say why. But minutes later, at 6:33 AM local time, the plane vanished from the radar.

The reason for the crash is still under investigation. However, airline authorities said the Boeing 777 plane is new and the pilot was experienced adding to the mystery of the crash.

At the airport in Jakarta, grieving relatives of those on board await official word on what happened to their loved one but it does not look good. So far, there are no reports of survivors.

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A passenger’s belongings retrieved from the crash site. (Twitter)

Lion air is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest budget airlines. Rapid expansion in recent years have seen many low-cost airlines in the country. Lion Air is the largest privately-run airlines in Indonesia.

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