An aircraft with 189 passengers on board on Monday is said to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java from the capital on its way to the country’s tin-mining hub, officials said.
According to Reuters, Yusuf Latif, spokesman for the country’s search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling. Yusuf said that the flight “has been confirmed that it has crashed.”
Lion Air also said that the flight captain Bhavye Suneja had more than 6,000 hours of flight time while the co-pilot, Harvino, had about 5,000 hours of flight time.
Lion Air is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.
In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people on board.