Boeing 737 plane crashes in sea off Jakarta

Passenger Plane Missing Minutes After Take Off From Jakarta Search On

The agency also said that a tug boat leaving the capital's port witnessed the plane crash into the water. "The plane was declared operationally feasible", he said in a written statement on Monday, October 29.

Searchers have found no signs of survivors from the Indonesian airliner that crashed into the sea with 189 people on board. Sony Setiawan, an official with the Indonesian finance ministry, told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) that he missed the flight because of Jakarta's notorious traffic congestion, which inadvertently saved his life. It was flown for the first time on August 15, and the airline said it had been certified as airworthy before Monday's flight by an engineer who is a specialist in Boeing models.

Nugroho said the flight was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and seven crew members.

"The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar", he added in a statement.

Search and rescue agency head Muhmmad Syaugi told a news conference that no distress signal had been received from the aircraft's emergency transmitter. Speaking to media about the accident, the CEO of Lion airlines Edward Sirait said: "We can not offer any comment at this moment".

The airline, Lion Air, has a mixed safety record.

The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 meters (98 to 115 feet) deep.

"We are trying to dive down to find the wreck".

Indonesian officials now say the pilot asked to return to the airport, just a couple of minutes after takeoff.

"The plane is so modern, it transmits data from the plane, and that we will review too".

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said it was still determining if any Australians were on board.

Indonesia's Lion Air says it has lost contact with a passenger jet flying from Jakarta to an island off Sumatra.

On Facebook there are photos of him in his Lion Air uniform, smiling.

He told the BBC the MAX 8 had been experiencing problems since it was introduced, including difficulties maintaining a level flight.

According to the Guardian, Suneja's parents learned of the disaster in the morning and were booked to fly to Jakarta on Monday night.

"Indeed there were reports about a technical problem, and the technical problem has been resolved in accordance with the procedures released by the plane manufacturer", Sirait said.

Lion Air Flight JT-610 had been flying north from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang when it went missing at around 6:33 a.m. local time.

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