Indonesian passenger plane crashes after take off

Randal Sanchez
October 29, 2018

Wreckage had been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground, said Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.

Delhi's Bhavye Suneja was working with Lion Air for the past 7 years.

Indonesia's Transport Ministry said the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane, which took off from Jakarta about 6.20 a.m., crashed just 13 minutes later.

About 40 divers are part of about 150 personnel at the scene, authorities said, with the plane in water about 30 to 40 metres deep.

"We are still confirming data on the names against the flight manifest", Nufransa said on Monday. The plane had requested to return to base minutes before it disappeared.

The rescue operation by disaster agency is still underway and the causality number is not yet known. on other hand, videos and photos of the damaged plane is going viral on social media sites.

The Basarnas also sent an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to search for passengers and crew. The folloiwng reports surface just a few years after Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people crashed into the sea.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board.

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Indonesian investigators' final report showed a chronically faulty component in a rudder control system, poor maintenance and the pilots' inadequate response were major factors in what was supposed to be a routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

Earlier, Lion Air said it has lost contact with a passenger jet flying from Jakarta to an island off Sumatra.

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets - and with 17,000 islands spread over an area stretching for thousands of kilometres, air travel is a fact of life.

The SAR has deployed boats, helicopter and 130 rescuers, including teams from three cities including Jakarta, Bandung and Lampung to the vicinity of the crash site in the Java Sea, 34 nautical miles off the coast near Jakarta.

Concerns have previously been raised over Lion Air's safety record.

Lion Air airline has confirmed that the plane went off the radar on Monday morning.

Lion Air acquired the plane in August 2018, all documents were valid until 2023, officials said. Several people were injured in the crash, although no one was killed.

As per his Linkedin profile, Suneja got his pilot license from Bel Air International in 2009 and worked as a trainee with Emirates before joining Lion Air in March 2011 where he flied the Boeing 737.

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