Indonesian passenger plane, carrying 189 people crashes after takeoff, wreckage found

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A LION Air jet has crashed into the ocean after taking off from Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.

The plane — with a seating capacity of 210 — lost radio contact just 13 minutes into the flight which was headed to Pangkal Pinang, an island east of Sumatra.

The aircraft disappeared near Karawang in West Java province, said Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed.

According to Reuters, Lion Air flight JT610 requested to return to base, with air traffic control losing contact with the pilots after approving the request.

The fall of the Lion Air plane JT 610 near Indonesian energy firm Pertamina left debris behind. Picture: Twitter, @Sutopo_PN

The fall of the Lion Air plane JT 610 near Indonesian energy firm Pertamina left debris behind. Picture: Twitter, @Sutopo_PNSource:Twitter

A few flakes of the Lion Air plane that crashed in 610 JT waters of Karachi. Picture: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho — @Sutopo_PN, Twitter

A few flakes of the Lion Air plane that crashed in 610 JT waters of Karachi. Picture: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho — @Sutopo_PN, TwitterSource:Twitter

A tugboat crew in Karawang has now reported seeing “debris of a plane” in the water, and a vessel belonging to Indonesia energy firm Pertamina official has reported seeing more debris, including plane seats, near its offshore facility in the Java Sea.

Indonesia transport ministry official says it was carrying 189 people — including two infants and its crew.

Pictures and video released by Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency appear to show personal items including a bag, phone and documentation among suspected debris from the crashed plane.

Relatives of passengers comfort each other as they wait for news on a Lion Air plane that crashed off Java Island at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang. Picture: AP

Relatives of passengers comfort each other as they wait for news on a Lion Air plane that crashed off Java Island at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang. Picture: APSource:AP

A relative of passengers prays after a Lion Air flight crashed into the ocean. Picture: AP

A relative of passengers prays after a Lion Air flight crashed into the ocean.

Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief, M Syaugi said the agency had already found other debris from the aircraft including mobile phones and buoys.

He said the aircraft lost contact at 34 nautical miles from the Basarnas office in Jakarta and the agency had immediately deployed boats and a helicopter to search.

“Once we arrived at the co-ordinates we found aircraft debris, buoys, handphones as well as some other pieces. It was around two nautical miles from the co-ordinates given by air traffic control,” Mr Syaugi said.

“We are there now, our vessels and helicopter, to give assistance.

“The water there is around 30 to 35 metres deep. We are now still trying to dive to find the aircraft. Hopefully the process would not take long.”

A commercial vessel surveys the oil slick and small floating debris at what is believed to be the crash site of the Boeing 737. Picture: Indonesia Rescue

A commercial vessel surveys the oil slick and small floating debris at what is believed to be the crash site of the Boeing 737. Picture: Indonesia RescueSource:Supplied

Facebook images of debris from the Lion Air JT610 that has crashed leaving Jakarta. Picture: Supplied

Facebook images of debris from the Lion Air JT610 that has crashed leaving Jakarta. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

CRASH SITE FOUND

Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) spokesman, Yusuf Latif, told News Corporation the aircraft has crashed near Tanjung Karawang in the waters off West Java.

“It has crashed in the waters in West Java. Our team has been deployed,” Mr Latif said.

The Lion Air plane lost contact with air traffic controllers at 6.33am. Flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at 6.20am local time and lost contact at 6.33am. The Boeing 737 was originally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.

Facebook images of debris and clothing from the Lion Air JT610 that has crashed leaving Jakarta. Picture: Supplied

Facebook images of debris and clothing from the Lion Air JT610 that has crashed leaving Jakarta. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

A shipping traffic officer in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Suyadi, told The Jakarta Post that he has received a report from a tugboat, AS Jaya II, that the crew had seen a downed plane in Tanjung Bungin in Karawang, West Java.

“At 7.15am the tugboat reported it had approached the site and the crew saw the debris of a plane,” Suyadi said.

Two other ships, a tanker and a cargo ship, near the location were approaching the site, he said, and a Basarnas rescue boat was also on the way.

Vessels that have responded to the crash scene have pulled what appear to be debris from the 737 out of the water. Picture: @Sutopo_PN — Head of PR of National Board for Disaster Management Agency

Vessels that have responded to the crash scene have pulled what appear to be debris from the 737 out of the water. Picture: @Sutopo_PN — Head of PR of National Board for Disaster Management AgencySource:Twitter

Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief, M Syaugi said the agency had found debris. He said the aircraft lost contact at 34 nautical miles (63km) from the Basarnas office in Jakarta and the agency had immediately deployed boats and a helicopter to search.

“Once we arrived at the co-ordinates we found aircraft debris, buoys, handphones as well as some other pieces. It was around two nautical miles (4km) from the co-ordinates given by air traffic control,” Mr Syaugi said.

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