Airlines Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed near Jakarta


A two-month old Boeing 737 MAX 8 of Indonesia’s Lion Air has crashed near Kerawang 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

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The aircraft was on the way from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang, which is the largest city on the island of Bangka. It took off from Jakarta International Airport at 6.21 a.m. local time and was expected to land in Pangkalpinang around 7:30 a.m. 13 minutes after taking off, the aircraft disappeared from radar and crashed into the sea close to the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Debris and life vests have been discovered in the water two nautical miles from the coordinates given as the crash site, local media reports. Search and rescue teams are working on the crash site.

According to the airline Flight JT610 carried 181 passengers, as well as six crew members and two pilots.

Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8
Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 © Boeing

The aircraft with the registration number PK-LQP commenced operations for Lion Air in August 2018. Lion Air is one of the largest airlines in Indonesia and operates a fleet of over 110 aircraft. The carrier has ordered 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and received a first B737 MAX 8 in 2017. According to local media reports, the crashed aircraft had only flown 800 hours. It is the first crash with Boeing’s latest B737 version. The first aircraft entered into service in May 2017 for Lion Air’s Malaysian subsidiary Malindo Air.

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