Indonesian Airliner with 189 Passengers Crashes Into The Sea Minutes After Take Off
An Indonesian airliner has crashed into the sea with 189 people on board, no sign of survivors. The cause of the crash, which involved a plane that has been in operation only since August, remains unclear.
The Boeing 737, owned by the low-cost airline Lion Air, went down after taking off from the capital Jakarta.
Flight JT 610 was heading for the western city of Pangkal Pinang. Rescuers have recovered some bodies and personal items, including baby shoes.
The incident is reported to be the first major accident involving a Boeing 737 Max – an updated version of the 737.
“We need to find the main wreckage,” said Bambang Suryo, operational director of the search and rescue agency. “I predict there are no survivors, based on body parts found so far.”
Families are being told to go to a hospital to identify the dead