Indonesian Lion Air passenger flight crashes into sea soon after take-off

Indonesian Lion Air passenger flight crashes into sea soon after take-off

The national search and rescue agency said human remains have been recovered from the crash area.

Lion Air was founded in 1999.

Relatives are praying and hugging each other at Pangkal Pinang airport as the recovery effort for the flight, which crashed into the Java Sea carrying 189 people, continues. Reuters reports that the aircraft requested an immediate return to Jakarta Airport.

"We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact", Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro told the Associated Press.

A Lion Air commercial plane lands at the Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 7, 2018.

"Whatever problem they were having obviously overcame them very quickly because contact was lost with the airplane".

Aji said the location of the plane hull hasn't been identified yet.

"At the moment personnel from Karawang water police unit are heading to the coordinates to check whether the information we received was accurate", Waluyo told broadcaster Kompas TV.

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Lion Air, a low-priced airline, has been involved a number of incidents. "We are also confused about the why, since it was a new 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 worldwide relations and cooperation (Dirco).

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of reports of the missing Lion Air aircraft in Indonesia".

'The Australian Embassy in Jakarta is making urgent enquiries with local authorities to determine if any Australians were affected, ' they said.

Government officials are reportedly among the passengers overseas the missing aircraft.

According to the Guardian, Suneja's parents learned of the disaster in the morning and were booked to fly to Jakarta on Monday night. The airline reportedly said there was a technical issue with the same aircraft on its previous flight, although it indicated this had been resolved.

The SAR has deployed boats, helicopter and 130 rescuers, including teams from three cities including Jakarta, Bandung and Lampung to the vicinity of the crash site in the Java Sea, 34 nautical miles off the coast near Jakarta. "The 31-year-old captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours", said a statement from the airlines.

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