JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Lion Air JT-610 crashed after loss contacted in the Karawang cape areas, in West Java, on Monday morning (29/10), said the National SAR Agency (BASARNAS). 179 passengers was on the plane and eight cabin crews including pilot.
The aircraft was new, delivered to Lion Air in August, 2018. It is powered by two CFM-LEAP-18 engines.
“Lion Air JT-610 loss contacted in the Karawang area this morning. We already sent the team to located areas,” said Basarnas’s chairman Marshall Muhammad Syaugi at the press conference at his office.
Transportation ministry added, the B737-8 Max type aircraft with JT 610 Flight Number owned by Lion Air operator flying from Soekarno Hatta Banten Airport in Tangerang to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung reportedly lost contact on Oct. 29 at around 06.33 local time.
The aircraft with PK-LQP registration number was reportedly last caught radar at coordinates 05 46.15 S – 107 07.16 E. This aircraft departs at 06.10 WIB and on schedule will arrive in Pangkal Pinang at 07.10 WIB. The plane had requested a return to base before finally disappearing from the radar.
The aircraft carrying 178 adult passengers, 1 child passenger and 2 babies with 2 pilots and 5 FAs had lost contact for approximately 3 hours.
The Ministry of Transportation’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation is currently coordinating with Basarnas, Lion Air as operator and Directorate General of Sea Transportation, LPPNPI Public Corporation to conduct search and rescue activities for JT 610 aircraft.