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29 October 2018, 11:43 | Kelvin Horton
Lion Air flight JT-610 reportedly with seating capacity of up to 210, crashes into sea in Indonesia
The fuselage of the Boeing 737 Max 8 is believed to be on the sea floor at a depth of about 35 meters, he said. However, photos and video from the scene on October 29, 2018 showed severe damage to personal belongings and other debris.
"It has been confirmed that it has crashed", said Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, according to Reuters. Next of kin have gathered at Pangkal Pinang airport to get the latest updates, CBS News has learned. Most were adults but the passengers were said to include one child and two infants.
The transport ministry had initially said there was a total of 188 people on board.
Debris, including plane seats, have been found near its offshore facility in Java sea, Indonesia energy firm Pertamina official said. As of 9 a.m. there was no report about the passengers or the plane crew on board, he said. "Most unfortunate that Indian Pilot Bhavye Suneja who was flying JT610 also lost his life.Embassy is in touch with Crisis Center and coordinating for all assistance".
"When we arrived at the location, we found aircraft debris, a buoy, cellphones, and several objects", said Air Marshal Syaugi at a joint press conference on Monday morning with Indonesia's national transportation safety committee KNKT.
In its statement, Boeing Co. expressed its concern for the 189 people onboard, and offered "heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones".
A Lion Air passenger plane has gone missing after taking off from Jakarta, say Indonesian officials. The site where the plane crashed is within the Java sea. The flight to Singapore was carrying 162 people. Recently, Boeing and the Lion Air Group announced the airline purchased 50 of Boeing's new 737 MAX 10 airplane valued at approximately $6.24 billion at list prices.
Lion, a low-priced airline which has engaged in a huge expansion in recent years, has been involved in a number of incidents including a fatal 2004 crash.
One widely circulated photo on Twitter showing the plane in the water almost intact appears to be from a past plane crash; the photos of the Lion Air 610 crash scene do not show the aircraft visible on the waters, but, rather, lost to the deep.
The plane lost radio contact just 13 minutes into the flight which was headed to Pangkal Pinang, an island east of Sumatra.
A crash in 2004, however, left 25 people dead.
According to Flightradar the aircraft is a near new Boeing 737 MAX, a new generation plane.
Indonesia's air travel industry is booming, with the number of domestic passengers growing significantly over the past decade, but it has acquired a reputation for poor regulation.
According to Indonesian media, TribunNews, the aircraft's final contact was at 06.33 WIB with Jakarta Air Traffic Control.
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