Indonesia Plane Carrying 189 Crashes Into Sea, After Take-Off

Indonesia Plane Carrying 189 Crashes Into Sea, After Take-Off

Indonesia Plane Carrying 189 Crashes Into Sea, After Take-Off 

New Delhi: On Monday, a Lion Air flight carrying 189 people, crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital.

The disaster agency of Indonesia posted photos online, which features crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels that have converged on the area.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesperson said that the aircraft, on a 1 hour and 10 minute flight to Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra, was boarded by 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and seven crew members.

Pictures of a fuel slick and debris field have been broadcasted by Indonesian TV.

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The National Search and Rescue Agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 meters (98 to 115 feet) deep.

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

About 6.20 a.m., the plane Boeing 737-800 departed from Jakarta,  for Pangkal Pinang. Data for Flight 610 on aircraft tracking website FlightAware ends just a few minutes following takeoff.

The Indonesian TV broadcasted dozens of people waiting anxiously outside the Pangkal Pinang airport and officials bringing out plastic chairs.

Since an AirAsia flight plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 on board, this has been the worst airline crash in Indonesia 

A report to the Jakarta Search and Rescue Office cited the crew of a tug boat which had reported seeing a Lion Air flight falling from the sky.

A telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the air force has requested assistance with the search.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.

One of its Boeing 737-800 jets, in 2013 had missed the runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people on board.

(Inputs from news agency IANS)

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