Indonesia’s Lion Air flight with 188 onboard crashes into sea

Lion Air passenger flight, with 189 on board, crashed into the sea today  morning. According to Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, the flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea minutes later.

A tugboat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling. 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.

The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. Debris thought to be from the plane, including aircraft seats, was found near an offshore refining facility in the Java Sea, an official of state energy firm Pertamina said.

“We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors,” Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency said. “We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm.” “We cannot give any comment at this moment, said Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group. “We are trying to collect all the information and data.”

The wreckage had been found near where the Lion Air plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground, said Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency. “We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors, we hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm,” he added.

Plane maker Boeing said in a tweet that it was aware of reports of an airplane accident and it was “closely monitoring” the situation. According to Flightradar24, the aircraft was delivered to Lion Air in August of this year. It is powered by two CFM LEAP-1B engines.

Preliminary flight tracking data from Flightradar24 shows the aircraft climbed to around 5,000 feet (1,524 m) before losing, and then regaining, height, before finally falling towards the sea. In December 2014, AirAsia Indonesia’s Airbus A320 aircraft crashed into the waters after taking off from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

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