Indonesian plane crashes off Jakarta

Indonesian plane crashes off Jakarta

A number of personal belongings like phones, wallets, luggage bags, passports, and other identification were found among the debris, along with parts of the plane.

As per Indonesia's finance ministry spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti there were 20 officials on board the crashed Lion passenger jet.

Lion Air operates 11 737-8s, according to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network's fleet database. The Boeing 737 was orginally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.

Lion Air said the aircraft, on a 1-hour-and-10-minute flight to Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra, was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and eight crew members.

The pilot had reportedly requested to return to base just moments earlier.

This was later confirmed by Latif, who said the plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff.

Swedish flight tracking service Flightradar24 reported that the airplane was a Boeing 737 that had been delivered to Lion Air in August. It said several vessels have headed to the location.

"We are still confirming data on the names against the flight manifest", Nufransa said on Monday.

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He joined Jakarta based low-priced airline Lion Air in March 2011.

Debris, life vests and a cellphone has been discovered two nautical miles from the coordinates given as the crash site, officials said.

Airline Chief executive Edward Sirait earlier told Reuters: "We can not give any comment at this moment". "We're still searching for the remains of the plane".

"The South African government wishes the Indonesian government and people, particularly the affected families, strength during this time of grief", said Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spokesman for the national department of global relations and cooperation (Dirco).

Lion Air's Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air, received the very first global delivery.

"The Australian Embassy in Jakarta is making urgent inquiries with local authorities to determine if any Australians were affected", the statement read.

He told the BBC the MAX 8 had been experiencing problems since it was introduced, including difficulties maintaining a level flight.

According to the Guardian, Suneja's parents learned of the disaster in the morning and were booked to fly to Jakarta on Monday night. It also has technical issues on a previous flight. Thus, the crash of the plane was not monitored by the Medium Earth Orbital Local User Terminal at the Basarnas [Search and Rescue] head office.

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