Lion Air flight JT 610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, in the Bangka Belitung Islands, today (October 29, 2018) crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. The flight was carrying 181 passengers and six crew members. The flight crew made a request to return to JKT.
The aircraft involved was a new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (PK-LQP).
Lion Air issued this statement:
Lion Air flight JT610 en-route to Pangkalpinang has crashed near Kerawang (S 5’49.052” E 107’ 06.628”), 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport at 6:20 AM.
The flight carried 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infant, including 3 crew under training and 1 technician.
The aircraft is a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with registration number PK-LQP. It is made in 2018 and started its operation at Lion Air since August 15, 2018. The aircraft was declared operationally feasible.
The aircraft is commanded by Captain. Bhavye Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew Shintia Melina, Citra Noivita Anggelia, Alviani Hidayatul Solikha, Damayanti Simarmata, Mery Yulianda, and Deny Maula. The captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot has more than 5,000 flight hours.
Lion Air is concerned with the incident and will work with the relevant authorities and agencies on this matter.
The number to the crisis center is 021-80820001 and for customer information 021-80820002.
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Top Copyright Photo: Lion Air (PT Lion Mentari Airlines) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 PK-LQP (msn 43000) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 944189.
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