The new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed into the sea outside Jakarta just 13 minutes after it took off on Monday morning. It is believed that nearly 200 people have died.
The pilot was asked to come back due to technical problems but it was too late. The radar signal disappeared shortly after, and seafarers nearby said they saw the plane “falling from heaven”.
The passenger plane is owned by the airline Lion Air and was on its way from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang, located on an archipelago outside Sumatra.
No sign of survivor
The head of the search operation, Muhammad Syaugi, said that there is no sign of survivor. He also said that body parts in the sea have been found, and divers try to reach the hull, which is believed to be about 35 meters deep.
The government posted photos on Twitter of the objects, including a deformed mobile phone, a backed up and more wreckage residue, which were picked up from the sea few hours after the crash.
Indonesian emergency preparedness authorities stated that the plane had 181 passengers and a crew of seven on board. Also, there were two children and one baby among the passengers.
According to Lion Air’s chief executive officer Edward Sirait, the aircraft had technical problems on the previous flight, but this should have been resolved in line with the manufacturer’s procedures.
Information from the FlightAware website shows that the aircraft had reached 5,200 feet in height before it went down.
The relatives of the passengers were waiting for their loved ones outside of Pangkal Pinang airport.
Crisis centers have been created at both the Pangkal Pinang airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport.
No information indicates that Norwegians were on board the airplane, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
– The Embassy in Jakarta charts the situation now. So far, we have no indication that there are Norwegians involved, “said UD’s press officer Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde.
According to the Indian embassy in Jakarta, the 31 year old pilot Bhavye Suneja from New Delhi, was well experienced.
– We talked together in July. He was an experienced 737 pilot and with an accident-free rolling blade we were very fond of hiring him, he says.
According to Lion Air, Suneja had 6,000 flight hours, while the other pilot had more than 5,000.