A plane carrying 189 people from Jakarta to another Indonesian city crashed into the sea on Monday, prompting a desperate search for survivors and questions about why the aircraft went down despite clear skies. Lion Air Flight JT-610 had been flying north from the capital, Jakarta, to the city of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka when it went missing.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two infants, as well as six crew members and two pilots, The national search and rescue agency, said a tugboat crew saw the plane crash in Karawang Bay northeast of Jakarta, officials said.
A search and rescue effort was underway for the Boeing 737-800. The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Greater Jakarta at 6.21 a.m. local time and had been due to land at around 7:30 a.m. in Pangkal Pinang, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
Serpihan pesawat Lion Air JT 610 yang jatuh di perairan Karawang. Beberapa kapal tug boad membantu menangani evakuasi. Video diambil petugas tug boad yang ada di perairan Karawang. pic.twitter.com/4GhKcRYkpG
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) October 29, 2018