Indonesia: Lion Air Boeing 737 Passenger Plane Crashes With 189 People On Board

| October 29 , 2018 , 15:29 IST

A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane with 188 people on board crashed into the sea near Jakarta on Monday. Reportedly, there are no survivors.

There were 178 adults, one infant, two babies, two pilots and five cabin crew on board. Among the two pilots, one was Bhavye Suneja of India.

Suneja a resident of Mayur Vihar, New Delhi had joined the Indonesian Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Lion Air in March 2011.

According to reports, the plane lost contact with ground control at around 6:33 am after taking off from the Indonesian capital at around 6:20 am.

In a press conference, Sindu Rahayu of the Air Transportation Directorate General said that the authorities lost contact with the plane after the pilot requested an emergency landing immediately after it took off.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Indonesia's disaster agency has tweeted the images of the belongings of the passengers that came out from the plane and were found floating on the sea.

According to the National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia, the flight ended 30 to 35 meters (98 to 115 feet) deep in waters off West Java. Sailors in the sea were the first witnesses of the crash.

The divers are trying to locate the wreckage, agency's chief Muhammad Syaugi told in a news conference.

Similarly, in 2013, Lion's Air flight 904 had crashed into the sea on landing at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport with all the 108 people on board survived.